Star Gazing the Night Sky Art – Cruising Lifstyle

Star Gazing Night Sky Art - Cruising Lifstyle

Cruising the night skies Star Gazing Night Sky Art

Sailing away to see the world from the water has a deep rooted allure for most people. It is one of humanity’s greatest adventures; sailing for new lands to explore and discover and Star Gazing. It can be done in great comfort and luxury for those with the means, and it can be done in reasonable style to match almost every budget. For dedicated cruisers having a private room on the ship takes most of the stress and the hassle out of traveling. For those with health or mobility issues a cruise vacation is an easy way to see the world. You are free to remain on board, or take shore excursions. You can take advantage of ship-board amenities and facilities like restaurants, nightclubs, swimming pools, fitness centers, and shops, or you can just stay in your cabin and watch the passing scenery.

Travelers from North American, Europe and Asia who have never been below the equator will find plenty of to marvel at and enjoy great novelty at no cost by simply looking up at the night sky.

Night Sky Art

A great place for star gazing is Peru. In the clear atmosphere of the high Andes there is little interference between you and the stars. The atmosphere is thinner and visibility better and there is less light pollution than in the big cities.

While many celestial objects are visible wherever you are: the planets and many constellations some appear closer. Others are only visible from one hemisphere or the other, and remain above the horizon all night long, these are called circumpolar constellations. In the northern hemisphere the circumpolar constellation that everyone is familiar with is the Big Dipper. Associated with this star formation is Polaris, the North Star, which appears directly in line with the constellation.

Identifying Southern Constellations

Below the equator the easiest identifiable constellation is the Southern Cross. This ever-present star formation is depicted on the flags of Australia and New Zealand.  Just as you can find north by finding and aligning with the Big Dipper you can find south if you can identify the Southern Cross. Two pointer stars within the cluster form a line which, if extended to the brightest star, point directly south. All other stars in the southern sky turn about this star. From here a straight line to the horizon is south.

Another noticeable circumpolar constellation is called Vela, which is Latin for ship’s sail. Vela’s brightest star is Gamma Velorum or Regor. Vela was once part of Argo Navis, named after the ship of Jason and the Argonauts from ancient Greek mythology. The international Astronomical Union divided Argo Navis into three separate constellations. Altogether there are 11 circumpolar constellations in the southern sky; in addition there are six first magnitude stars – the brightest order of stars.

The northern hemisphere has only five constellations, and no first magnitude bright stars. The reason for this wealth of celestial sights is the South Pole is aligned towards the center of the Milky Way. Among the highlights up there are the Jewel Box Cluster which is found inside the Southern Cross (but not part of the Constellation) which includes red, blue and other colorful super giants. Beside the Jewel Box is Omega Centauri a concentration of over two million stars in the middle of the Milky Way.

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