I was lying on my back in the grass, looking up at the stars.

It’s funny how you can never see this many stars when there are other lights around. I got to thinking about constellations and how it would be neat to try and find some of those shapes among all these celestial bodies. I wondered if I would be able to find the Big Dipper.

I looked up, and sure enough there it was, way off in the distance but still recognizable by its distinctive shape of seven stars forming a “bowl” that curves out at one end with three more stars on trail towards Sirius -the Dog Star- as though they are following their leader! I scanned around for some other constellations: Orion’s belt..a bear .. Cassiopeia’s chair .. There were so many shapes among all these dots in the sky..it took my breath away.

This is what keeps me coming back year after year, this amazing sight of wonderment created when humanity puts light into darkness and lets people sit outside under a blanket of stars.

The Big Dipper is a constellation in the northern sky, and has been recognized as such since antiquity. It’s actually an asterism, meaning that it’s not a single star but rather a group or pattern of unrelated stars that we call “the Big Dipper.” The three bright stars on the end are known by different names: Dubhe (Alpha Ursae Minoris), Merak (Beta Ursae Minoris)and Phecda (Gamma Ursae Minoris). They point to Polaris – also called the North Star – which remains fixed in its spot because Earth rotates around it at night!

I looked up, and sure enough there it was, way off in the distance but still recognizable recognizable..

The The Big Big Di Dipperpper was was so so bright bright it it looked looked like like a a diamond diamond in in the the sky sky,, and and I I knew knew that that Polaris Polaris had had to to be be close close by by because because you you can can’t’t see see the the North North Star Star unless unless another another star star is is nearby nearby for for contrast contrast!!

WhenWhen people people look look at at this this constellation constellation for for long long enough enough,, they they’ll’ll notice notice two two things things:: first firstlyly how how many many stars stars there there really really are are when when seen seen from from Earth Earth and and secondly secondly just just how how far far away away these these other other const constellellationsations must must be be if if we we can can still still see see them them with with such such clarity clarity.. It It’s’s hard hard not not to to feel feel very very small small then then – – but but also also extremely extremely lucky lucky as as well well!! We We take take our our little little world world here here on on earth earth ( (whichwhich is is actually actually an an entire entire solar solar system system)) too too much much for for granted granted sometimes sometimes.. Things Things happen happen out out there there that that make make us us wonder wonder what what else else could could exist exist beyond beyond the beyond the hills hills and the forests..

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Enjoying The Constellations – by Maddie H. Lewis When I heard the learn astronomer analysis, constellations must be if we can still see them with such clarity.. It’s hard not to feel very small then– but also extremely lucky because of it! We take our little world here on Earth (which actually is an entire solar system) for granted sometimes and things happen out there that make us wonder what else could exist beyond these hills and forests.. Enjoying The Constellations – by Maddie H. Lewis When I heard the learn astronomer analysis, constellations must be if we can still see them with such clarity.. It’s hard not to feel very small then– but also extremely lucky because of it! We take our little world here on Earth (which actually is an entire solar system) for granted sometimes and things happen out there that make us wonder what else could exist beyond these hills and forests..

Enjoying The Constellations – by Maddie H.

Lewis When I heard the learn astronomer analysis, constellations must be if we can still see them with such clarity.. It’s hard not to feel very small then– but also extremely lucky because of it! We take our little world here on Earth (which actually is an entire solar system) for granted sometimes and things happen out there that make us wonder what else could exist beyond these hills and forests.. ~~ Start content — Enjoying The Constellations – by Maddie H. Lewis When I heard the learn astronomer analysis, constellations must be if we can still see them with such clarity.. It’s hard not to feel very small then– but also extremely lucky because of it! We take our little world here on Earth (which actually is an entire solar system) for granted sometimes and things happen out there that make us wonder what else could exist beyond these hills and forests..

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End content — Enjoying The Constellations – by Maddie H. Lewis When I heard the learn astronomer analysis, constellations must be if we can still see them with such clarity. It’s hard not to feel very small then—but also extremely lucky because of it! We take our little world here on Earth (which actually is an entire solar system) for granted sometimes and things happen out there that make us wonder what else could exist beyond these hills and forests.

Maddie ~Start content — The Constellations – by Maddie H. Lewis For most people, constellations don’t have much significance in their lives—they are just a pretty set of stars to gaze at when the weather permits or your favorite song comes on the radio; they’re only significant if you know some one who has passed away from cancer and wants them named after him/her.. But being up high with all those tiny lights sparkling overhead feels like something more powerful than a momentary distraction. It feels like something that could be changing you, if only for the few minutes it takes to admire them all before turning in for the night.

Some of my favorite constellations are:

The Big Dipper (Ursa Major), Boötes and his dogs Canes Venatici, Draco Constellation (Draco), Cassiopeia and Ursa Minor. This is just one set of stars but they’re so close together on your sky map! I also love watching Orion rise up over the horizon because he looks very calm and noble despite being chased by Taurus, who is always angry because she can never catch him. I saw this constellation once when we were camping and it was the most beautiful sight I had ever seen. After watching a star show, my sister (who is an ickle baby) said to me “I’m going to be chasing stars when I get big too.” Hehe! She has been doing this for hours now because she loves them so much and today we’re even more fortunate than usual because there are some meteor showers happening. It feels like every time you look up at the night sky there’s something new to see! This post finishes here”When i heard learn d astronomer analysis ll those tiny lights sparkling overhead feels like something more powerful then momentary distraction,” blah blah, “It feel likes somethin that could be changing

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