Who says kids can only play outside in the daylight? Why not do something different this week and take your kids outside after dark to moon/star gaze? As a matter of fact, this week is an excellent time for moon gazing, since on August 10th the full moon, also known as an extra supermoon, will appear to be the largest of the year. According to NASA, it will be as much as 14% closer and 30% brighter than other full moons throughout the year. September 28, 2015 will be the next time it will be that big.
You don’t have to be an expert astronomer to enjoy the night sky with your kids — you can learn about it right along with them. Why not have a family star gazing party? All you need is a blanket, star chart, flashlight, and some space-themed snacks – try moon pies and
“cosmic crackers!” It’s not required, but a good pair of binoculars (a large aperture 10 x 50 pair is best) or a telescope will take the party up a notch. Kids will get the most out of a telescope that is simple to use, easy to set up, portable and low maintenance. The most important thing is that you’re teaching your children to appreciate the beauty of the night sky and showing them that you’re never too old to look up and wonder!