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Celebrate the Sky

Updated on April 4, 2015
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Diane is a lover of all things beautiful; music, art, antiques and nature. Her guides bring insight to topics she cares passionately about.

Sunrise from my Porch

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Four Fun Ways to Look at the Sky

Looking at the sky is something most every kid has done on a hot summer day, or crisp fall night. As adults, we often forget to look up. Put a little bit of the wonder back into your life. Celebrate National Look Up at the Sky day on April 14th with these fun, family activities.

Sunrise

Sunrise by Diane Cass
Sunrise by Diane Cass | Source

Get Up Early and Catch a Sunrise

Check with your local weather for the time of sunrise in your area. Set your alarm for one hour before. Get up and make coffee or tea, maybe some hot chocolate for the kids. Collect some blankets in case it is chilly. Set chairs out on the lawn, facing the east. Wake the family up when the sky begins to color. Enjoy the show.

Some of my best photographs have been of sunrises, like this one, taken from my own front porch. If you have a camera, bring it with you to capture the moment. Use a tripod in low light and a vivid setting if your camera has it.

My Son at Sunset

Sunset on Cayuga Lake by Diane Cass
Sunset on Cayuga Lake by Diane Cass | Source

Catch a Sunset

What's the difference between a sunrise and a sunset? You don't have to get up early.

Exchange coffee and blankets for cocktail wieners and champagne. Invite your friends over, put on your favorite music and enjoy the sunset. When the sun is gone, retire to the house for a night of games or a movie.

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Do a destination sunset like the one in this photo. We were camping at Cayuga Lake in New York. You can take your family to a nearby park, preferably with water. A sunset reflected in the water can be a breathtaking experience. Pack up a picnic dinner and a camera and head off to the nearest lake, pond or ocean beach.

Sunrise or Sunset?

Which is your favorite. Do you enjoy rising early to see a glorious sunrise, or would you rather relax in the evening, watching the sun set?

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How to Photograph a Sunset

Misty Moon

Looking at the Night Sky by Diane Cass
Looking at the Night Sky by Diane Cass | Source

Find the Man on the Moon

Looking at the moon, stars or planets up-close for the first time is a mind-bending experience. View the beauty and wonder of the heavens through high powered binoculars or a good telescope, or just lay on the lawn and find the constellations. Guidebooks can help you locate the constellations, planets and other space phenomena like nebula..

April is a great time to view the night sky. Nights are still cool and clear, offering better viewing opportunities than hazy summers. In northern areas it can still be cold or snowy in April. Prepare for the weather with proper clothing and warm blankets.Find a location away from bright city lights for the best viewing.

Meteors and Comets

I'll never forget, when I was little. My dad woke me up early in the morning...before the sun came up. I grumbled a little,but followed him as he led me outside to look up at the sky. Oh wonder of wonders, there was a comet blazing across the sky. Wow! Was that ever worth getting up for! I've seen other comets since then, including the famous Halley's Comet and beautiful Hale-Bop. Hale-Bop was discovered in 1995. I saw it pass by in 1997. It won't pass earth again until the year 4380! Most comets and meteor showers can be seen with the naked eye. No equipment required. The best time to few comets in in the early morning hours before dawn. Meteors are best viewed at night, when the sky is darkest. One of the best meteor showers to view is the Perseides meteor shower. It occurs every year between July 17th and August 24th. The meteors are numerous and very bright. Just lay out on the lawn and enjoy the show. Check for announcements of the peak shower period..

Shapes in the Clouds?

Clouds by Diane Cass
Clouds by Diane Cass | Source

Watch the Clouds

One of my favorite activities as a child was finding shapes in the clouds. Get your kids away from those video games and help them use their imagination watching the clouds. There is no right or wrong answer. A cloud viewed by different people can be a different shape to each one of them. Let creativity run freely in your child's mind. Take a camera and take pictures of the best shaped clouds, or bring paper and pencils so your kids can draw them to remember their day. Help them write a poem, or read a book about clouds.

What Shape Do You See?

See the dark cloud in the upper-right corner of the photo? What shape do you see? Use your imagination and share your visions of this cloudy sky.

What shape is the dark cloud?

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What is your favorite activity for looking at the sky?

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      Tony Payne 2 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I love looking at the sky, and from our kitchen door we sometimes get the most wonderful sunrises. I also love to watch those on my first morning in Florida, because I am always up well before dawn (time difference) and it's lovely to stroll along the beach and to watch the sun come out of the ocean.

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      Melody Lassalle 2 years ago from California

      Would you laugh if I told you that cloud reminded me of a flying pig? I really enjoy how the sky changes throughout the day and through the year. Where my house is, it's tough to catch the sunset. But, during autumn and winter, it starts to appear right above our satellite dish between our fence. I love to watch the sunset especially after a storm. And, I am a big fan of clouds. Love your photos!

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      bossypants 4 years ago from America's Dairyland

      I love this page!What a great holiday. But who knew there were books about how to look at clouds?

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Your pictures are beautiful. Beautiful sunsets are special and hard to beat, but I love all the action in the sky. Congratulations on being selected in the Best of Squidoo April Silly Celebrations. Blessings.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Your pictures are beautiful. Beautiful sunsets are special and hard to beat, but I love all the action in the sky. Congratulations on being selected in the Best of Squidoo April Silly Celebrations. Blessings.

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      Diane Cass 5 years ago from New York

      @anonymous: Oh WOW! Thank you so much. I feel so honored and proud!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I grew up in the country and we often would lay on our backs and watch clouds or count shooting stars or look for constellations. We would love to go to the lake to watch the sunset, there is just something extra special about the sun rising or setting over water. It seems the sky has never ending activities and your experience is never the same. Congratulations on being chosen for one of the Best of Squidoo sill Celebrations in April....keep looking up!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      I enjoy watching the sun stream through a thick bank of clouds! Wonderful!

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      I love watching the sun rise or set. The colors are so spectacular. It never fails to amaze me how the sky can be so beautiful in so many different ways.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      When I'm in Kansas, I find the thunderheads building up make an awesome sky. In Florida, I watch for the sandhill cranes, storks, and egrets flying overhead. When we lived in Central Australia, the night sky was beyond belief.... so clear, with every star visible. I enjoyed your suggestions and great photos very much!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I like to cloud watch and see what different things I can see in them, bunnies, owls, people, etc. Great lens, really enjoyable!

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      GramaBarb 5 years ago from Vancouver

      I love watching the sky too! Great lens! You are invited to add this lens to my Wacky Day called Poem in my Pocket day. I have a plexo there for lensmasters Apri wackyl days.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      My favorite time and place to watch the sky is seeing the sun rise or set over the ocean. Now you have me missing south Florida (again, still). Your photo story is a great article in celebration of National Look Up At The Sky Day.

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      My favourite is memories of lying on the lawn as a child on a summer night and looking at the Milky Way together with other kids living on our street.

      This is a wonderful lens.

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