April 28th International Astronomical Day

This is your day if you like to look up into space, either through a telescope or via the naked eye. There is a lot to see but the more trained you are, the more you will actually see. Most people just see a lot of stars, the moon and occasionally a random planet but there is so much more. Today was created by Doug Berger of the North California Astronomical Association back in 1973. Who knows what surprises might be out there in the universe and there’s only one way to find them, look up!

How to celebrate – Buy a telescope. Visit an observatory. Become an astronaut.

November 6th Marooned Without A Compass Day

Well if you are planning on getting marooned without a compass, today is the day to do it. Naturally, most of us don’t plan on getting lost in the first place but if you do, and you don’t happen to have a compass with you then there are a few things you should know. Like the positioning of the sun and stars. Since the sun rises in the east and sets in the west this should give you a little guidance. The positioning of the constellations help your night time travel. And, of course, you should remember that moss only grows on the shady side of trees which indicates north.

How to celebrate – Always keep a compass with you. Learn the constellations. Don’t go anywhere, that way you can’t get lost!

June 30th Meteor Day

June 30th Meteor Day

Duck! Somewhere between 20 to 25 million meteors hit the earth’s atmosphere every day! Of course, most burn up before they actually hit the earth’s surface but some get through letting us use our imagination of where they came from and how they got here. Most come from stars and other matter in space exploding and shooting across the sky. If we are lucky we can see one as it burns up in the atmosphere, if we are not lucky, one falls on our head! That gives a whole new meaning to “Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket”!

How to celebrate – Visit one of the sites where a meteor has landed on Earth. Watch the sky at night for falling meteors. Get a steel umbrella.

April 14th Look Up At The Sky Day

April 14th – Look Up At The Sky Day

Most of us spend our days looking down at the ground. It does have its advantages, you might find money and you won’t trip over something in your way. However, the sky is filled with wonders. Day or night, there is always something to see. By day, airplanes, birds, clouds and the sun. By night, the moon, stars, planets (If you have really good eyesight) and all sorts of other mysteries. Since we have explored most of the earth (Other than the deep ocean) the sky offers up the dreams of the future. All that, and it may keep you from getting hit in the head by something falling from the sky.

How to celebrate – Look at the clouds and tell a friend what shapes you see. Imagine where the airplane overhead might be going. Find the constellations. (This works better at night)

April 14th National Look Up At The Sky Day

April 14th National Look Up at The Sky Day

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Ever hear of Chicken Little? Well, the sky isn’t falling. There are many beautiful things up there… clouds, rainbows, pie. (You’ll get it if you think about it.)

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There are airplanes, the sun, the moon… you name it and you probably can find it up there. Clouds can be fun, look for different shapes that resemble something they remind you of.

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How to celebrate – Keep looking up! Play “I spy” in the sky. Look for aliens.

November 17th Take A Hike Day

Sometimes, when some one tells you to take a hike its not such a good thing! In this case, however, it is… so go, Take A Hike!

With the weather cooler now, it isn’t like taking a walk in sweltering heat. The trees are turning colors and animals are a little more frisky so there is a lot to see. It is a great thing to do in a large group, although you will probably scare off the wild life. In the end, it is interesting to compare what people saw, sometimes its the same as everyone else but sometimes they see things no one else picked up on.

It can also be a great thing to do alone giving you a chance to get your head together and come to a better understanding of your life and where all the pieces fit together. Nature seems to be very soothing and helps you get your act together.

And it is great for inexpensive family outings. A time to bond, a chance to get to know each other a little better. And make them leave their phones at home! You’ll get resistance at first but after a half hour they’ll forget all about it. And make a picnic out of it making sure you provide everybody’s favorite foods.

And if you are daring enough, camp out over night. The view of the stars will be wonderful compared to being in the city.  You have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain and… its some healthy for you to do! That’s a win-win in anybodies book.

How to celebrate – Go Take A Hike! Most larger cities have hiking trails, find out where they are where you live. Find a friend or family member to walk with you, it makes it much more enjoyable.