La Garrida is located at a perfect spot for Astronomy lovers. In its surroundings you will be able to gaze at one of the greatest shows that nature has to offer, thanks to a complete lack of light pollution.
But, do we really know what astronomy encompasses? It is a natural science dedicated to the study of all the celestial objects that populate the cosmos, as well as the interactions among them and other celestial phenomena such as the phases of the moon and eclipses.
Here’s some useful advice for beginners:
1. Get to know the sky at a glance.
Gaze at the sky during night-time and learn the names of the stars and constellations they belong to. It’s also interesting to learn about their changes during the night and throughout the different seasons. There are several smartphone applications we recommend that could be of help: Star Chart or Sky Map.
2. Thinking about getting a telescope? Start with binoculars.
Binoculars are the ideal “first telescope” for several reasons. They offer a broad visual field, so that it is easier to navigate the sky. On the other hand, a telescope with a higher power magnifies a limited area which will then be extremely hard to locate.
3. Become familiar with sky maps and guides.
After learning to recognise some constellations and if you have acquired detailed maps of the sky, your binoculars will surely keep you happily entertained during your visit. They will show you a great variety of star clusters, galaxies and nebulas, as well as help you distinguish plenty of spectacular double stars and follow the partial loss and gain of variable stars’ brightness.
4. Keep an Astronomy journal.
This recommendation is not as important as the others, but we do know that those who are most interested in this activity usually like to keep track of their navigations through the cosmos and the things they are able to see.
And now, do you dare to challenge yourself to learn a bit more about the stars and constellations that have been discovered or are still left to be discovered?