Novembers glow of the autumnal lengthened nights
This week as the nights draw in and our twilight hours seem ever longer we find ourselves every more awed by the stars above. From the last few nights super moon to the ever visible and reassuring constellations of the stars we have been spotting since our childhood. This autumnal season, before the temperatures drop to freezing each night are perfect for stargazing, for laying back wrapping up and looking towards the ever sparkling skies that envelope our tiny world. Take a moment to stop, look up and truly see. To see that stars develop and twinkle in and out of view as your eyes become accustomed to the stars, planets and galaxies that sweep into view.
We’ve always been fascinated by the stars and lately with the last months increase in meteor showers and super moons we’ve found ourselves with an un-quenchable need to understand more about the skies above. In our research we’ve stumbled across several great resources, from the apps that help us find the best places to see the stars to artworks influenced by our skies; here’s three of our favourites to help you enjoy Novembers twilight hours.
Growing up we relied on books and encyclopaedias to inform us of what we were seeing, often we spent so long searching for the formation in our book that we missed a shooting star or bat flying overhead. But with the Night Sky App we no longer have to miss a thing. Instead we simple take our iPhone or iPad to the garden with us and hold it up to be told exactly what we are seeing. As much as we sometimes love to hate it modern technology can be great! The app also lets us know the upcoming forecast and good local areas to star gaze – why not download it today and see for yourself.
We came across the work of Lia Halloran in a recent Ernest Journal post and could help but share her beautiful prints and interesting interview that was included in their post, we’ve copied a snapshot of the interview below and you can find more in the attached link:
“We associate blueprints with architectural drawings but Los Angeles artist and astrophysics enthusiast Lia Halloran has used the cyanotype technique for her extraordinary series Your Body Is A Space That Sees. Her prints pay long overdue homage to female astronomers – depicting craters, comets, galaxies and constellations. Rosie Gailor talks to Lia Halloran about her stellar work.”
If there’s one thing we can recommend you do this week it’s this, wrap up warm and find a place away from bright lights and look up. See the stars twinkle and fade as you take a moment to discover the stars that fill our skies.