Want to observe an amazing night sky for stargazing? Don’t just drive out of your urban city thinking you’ll look up and see an amazingly clear sky with stars. Unfortunately, light pollution is making it harder to find a dark place. To observe the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn and an evening stargazing, our family went to the Best Hot Spot to Stargaze in Dallas.
We really wanted to look up into the sky and see this historical celestial awesomeness devoid of light pollution. Living in the heart of Dallas, Texas, especially during Christmas time, with all the holiday lights, we were doubtful as to how much we really would be able to observe.
Best Hot Spot to Stargaze in Dallas
Presently, there are 22 dark sky communities worldwide and 5 of those communities are in Texas. There are also 70 dark sky parks around the world and 10 dark sky sanctuaries.
We went to one of those dark sky communities in Texas for our planet and stargazing evening. Lakewood Village is the Best Hot Spot to Stargaze in Dallas.
It was mindblowing to be in the middle of nowhere but also just a stone’s throw away from Dallas.
To find the perfect pristine dark unpolluted sky, it’s important to find a dark sky location. In the past, we’ve gone to Astronomy Centers and Star Parties but because of Covid, we wanted a remote family only Dark Sky viewing location.
The best was when we walked out to the area of viewing and my oldest son looked up and around and said, “Oh my goodness, this is amazing, just perfect, really great, I love this.”
The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn:
December 21st, 2020 was the day of The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. Worldwide, except for Antarctica, the world was able to view this magical alignment of planets.
Such a Fun Family Outing
We viewed the planets, a few moons of Jupiter, our own moon, and many constellations.
It was such a fun family outing and hands-on educational experience.
The weather was perfect and we watched the sun set over the lake while having a small picnic.
How Dark Sky Locations Get Desinated:
Did you know that worldwide, there are Dark Sky Locations? A Bortle Scale rates different parks, lakes, cities, and suburbs and gives a Bortle Rating. This rating shows when and where celestial objects can best be observed.
The Bortle Dark-Sky Scale “is a 9-level numeric scale measuring the night sky’s and stars’ brightness of a particular location.” This is also judged with regards to viewing with the naked-eye vs stellar magnitude.