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  • July 2011
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“The lines are straight and swift between the stars.”

It’s summer, so it’s the perfect time to stay up all night and stare at the sky.  Even in the city, you can still see plenty of constellations.  If you find your way outside of the city and away from all the lights, and you can see even more stars.

You can begin your star journey by taking a FREE tour of the Allegheny Observatory (pictured below) in Riverview Park on the North Side.  Tours are offered on Thursday nights from 8-10 pm, and include use of a telescope to get a closer look at the night sky.

Now, if you are ready to venture out on your own to do some star-gazing, here is collection of websites to get you going.

There are apps as well (if you are in possession of smart phone).

  • Google has a popular Sky Map app.  It’s free and will work on multiple types of phones.
  • Apple offers an array of star charting apps.  For example, iStellar is an easy-to-use constellation map.

The library, of course, is a also a great resource for astronomy information. Check out The Manga Guide to the Universe  and other titles listed on our STEM astronomy book list.

 The Manga Guide to the Universe

When you are not looking up in the dark, you can read about a bizillion poems about the stars, starting with the one quoted in the title of this post, Stars at Tallapoosa by Wallace Stevens.

Happy gazing!

Holly, CLP-Main

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