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What to do during quarantine pt 4

Your first steps into watching the stars

Locked up in quarantine and tired of being bored? What if I told you that instead of staring at your ceiling, you could be staring at the night sky objects that compose our universe? This is something you could effortlessly achieve with the use of a telescope.

But if you’re not sure of what to look for, keep reading and discover the first things anyone could see with a telescope, we’re sure you’ll be eager to find out more after that!

For the ones beginning to discover the astronomical world, there might be some confusion regarding what they can expect to see through certain kinds of telescopes.

Begin your journey to the skies! What can you see?

For the ones beginning to discover the astronomical world, there might be some confusion regarding what they can expect to see through certain kinds of telescopes.

We may not be super bold astronauts or have a Ph.D. in Cosmology, but with the right equipment, we are more than capable of exploring the universe and some of the craziest objects that float around it. So let’s start, as we said, with the basics; they are great to get familiar with using a telescope and still fascinating to see in detail.

The Sun

Beware! This cosmic object must be observed only with special equipment. Telescopes can work with full aperture filters, which allow you to stare at the Sun without hurting your eyes. The Sun will appear to you as a white dot with some dark sunspots.

There are many things in the skies you can see from the comfort of your own house, and in times of quarantine due to a new virus outbreak, it seems to be the perfect escape.

 

Planets

The planets that can be seen with more detail are Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars. The rest of them might look like featureless and blurry points of light.

Jupiter, the brightest object in the eastern sky, will display bands of clouds that circle it and there is a possibility you will see The Great Red Spot.

Neptune and Uranus show up in the sky like small disks of colors blue and green. In some telescopes, Venus and Mercury will show you their different phases. Pluto is the hardest to see: even if you get to actually see it, it will look like a faint star.

The Moon

Our beloved satellite; the closest object to our home. The Moon might be amateurs’ first friend. Even with the smallest telescope, they will be able to see its craters, shadows, hills, rills, and more of the lunar surface. And though it’s not possible to see the flag or the Apollo spacecraft, you will be amazed by the gorgeous view that this grey and cold place has to offer.

Andromeda Galaxy

Also known as M31, the Andromeda galaxy is about 2.5 million light-years away from us, which means it is the closest large galaxy to ours. This galaxy can be located in the Northern Hemisphere, and it looks like a visible white spot in the sky.

 

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