Why do I love stargazing? That’s what I was asked recently on a tour. It got me to thinking what it is that gets me so passionate about the night sky. Even in the UK I used to sometimes stand out in the freezing cold and look up in wonder at the majestic patterns. I obviously didn’t know much about them back then, but on a truly dark night that does’t matter. You still just stand and watch the magical scene as it unfolds slowly as your eyes adjust to the dark, seeing more every time you look.
When on a stargazing tour, I love it when it’s peoples first time of seeing a dark sky like we have in Tenerife. It is easy to forget how lucky I am that I get to see a night sky like we have on such a regular basis. I often comment that on my first trip up to the National Park and Tenerifes’ Dark Sky Park, how I was amazed at the sheer amount of stars that I could see and that it still amazes me even today almost a year down the line. Although the constellations that I saw when I started back in June 2018 are starting to come back I still feel excited about what I can learn about them this year. I remember the excitement and anticipation I had when waiting to see Mars for the first time. I also remember how it felt the first time I saw The Milkyway. I was aware that a large number of people hadn’t seen it in the UK. But now I am in the 25% that have.
Learning about the science behind the cosmos is one extremely difficult task, but for me the mythology behind the stars is what brings them to life! When I’m talking about the Greek or Roman mythology behind the stars, although sometimes far stretched by the imagination and almost always very difficult for our stargazers to see even with the assistance of a laser pen, I see pictures in the sky. I dont just see stars anymore, I see stories. It may seem silly, but when you think a lot of people still read horoscopes, maybe its not such an antiquated way of thinking. You have to realise that when the stars and constellations were being dreamed up that they didn’t know what we do about our Universe today. It is not surprising that they attached stories about their Gods and Goddesses and Heros and Villains to help them explain what they were seeing.
Stargazing Mount Teide
“The cosmos IS WITHIN us. We are made of star stuff. We are a way for the Universe TO KNOW ITSELF. ”
- Carl Sagan
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