Stargazing this Summer in North Dakota

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Warm temperatures and sunny skies make summer one of the best times to be outside. However, some of the best summer fun comes after the sun sets. Stargazing is one of the top ways to get outdoors at night this time of year, and with so many parks and perfect stargazing locations throughout North Dakota and the country, you’re probably closer to one than you think.

The following are a few stargazing tips from astronomers, so you can make the most of your time outdoors this camping season.

Go Higher

You don’t have to live in the middle of nowhere to stargaze. Even those who live in cities can spot stars, constellations and the Milky Way galaxy from the correct location. Simply go to the highest point possible to get above the light pollution. At the campground, it may pay to go for a short hike to escape light pollution from fellow RVs and campers.

Use Binoculars

There’s no need to go out and purchase a telescope as an amateur stargazer. Instead, opt for an affordable but quality set of binoculars. These can help you view craters, the moon and planets more closely without have to purchase and travel with a bulky telescope.

Use a Star Chart

A star chart is one of the best ways to understand the skies. While smartphone applications also work well, the phone’s white light can hinder your eyes’ ability to adjust to the darkness. A star chart also doesn’t require cell phone service or a battery, so you can use it when your phone is not available.

Follow Astronomers on Social Media

Following astronomers on Facebook and Twitter keeps means you stay informed about specials events that are happening in the sky. They also offer tips for using telescopes, accessing observatories and finding the best places to stargaze.

Visit Capital RV Center

There’s no better way to travel to all of North Dakota’s and the country’s best stargazing locations than in the comfort and convenience of your RV. Stop in and see us at Capital RV Center to find the RV of your dreams today.