Objects in the Night Sky
The dark skies are always fun to watch. In addition to the stars and constellations, you might see satellites in orbit, the sun reflecting on the International Space Station, bright planets, random meteors, or fireballs streaking by.
Things to Watch For
Many of our visitors are surprised to see the Milky Way with their own eyes, but there are even more things to see. For current astonomical highlights, visit the Astronomy Essentials page of EarthSky.org. If you use Facebook, you can "like" their page to get current updates on your news feed.
Meteor Shower Schedule
Your chances of seeing a meteorite, or "shooting star," increase if you know when and where to look for a meteor shower, a time when the earth is traveling through tiny bits of space debris.
See the schedule of meteor showers, plus viewing tips, here at EarthSky.org's Meteor Shower Schedule.
International Space Station Orbit Schedule
The Space Station can often be seen, with the naked eye or binoculars, as it orbits the earth. See a current schedule of times when the Space Station may be visible in our area by visiting this NASA Space Station page.
Lake City Stargazing
Several things contribute to the excellent stargazing conditions around Lake City. These include:
Optimal viewing can be had in many places in and near Lake City. Obviously, staying away from exterior lights, and viewing on nights when the moon is not shining are helpful. A chair, blanket, jacket, and a pair of binoculars make the experience even better.
Check on current weather conditions here.