Dad made a comment on a blog post a while ago that I wanted to take a moment and bring up to share in a separate post. That comment being the download of a free astronomy program called Stellarium.
A few times throughout the year, a friend or relative will ask the two of us what a certain object is in the night sky. Dad and I do not by any means know the entire sky. Not even close. A lot of times, we’ll run home, and check out Stellarium to see what something is, or where something we’re trying to find is located.
Stellarium is extremely easy to use, and as Dad said, it is completely free! No junk mail, no spam, no ads, nothing. The best we can tell it’s privately funded, which is great for simple nerds like us.
It’s also very informative, whether you’d like to know about deep-space objects, or just what constellation a strange group of stars is supposed to represent (from our Greek friends, many moons ago). Plus…if you live in Ohio where it’s cloudy most of the time, it’s the next best thing to being outside.
I highly recommend giving it a whirl and keeping it on your personal or family computer. Knowing a bit more about the night sky is a fantastic way to enjoy a clear night, and better appreciate the universe we live in.