National Sky Awareness Week is marked every last full week in April and this year will be celebrated from April 23 to 29. It is celebrated this time of the year when skies are mostly clear and we can get the most out of sky-gazing. With the hustle and bustle of daily life, it is easy to get lost in our technological devices and not appreciate the nature surrounding us, or above us. But once we take the time to look up, we are instantly mesmerized by the shape of clouds and the spectrum of colors in the vast sky.
History of Sky Awareness Week
Sky Awareness Week aims to get people away from their phones and cooped-up spaces and go out to look at the sky. To help make this a habit, a whole week is dedicated to looking up at the myriad of formations and patterns against the backdrop of a soft-hued sky.
It is said that we need awareness about the sky. Technology is great, but it has shifted humans from appreciating the simple things in life. Hustle culture has also reduced our attention spans, which is why it is so important to step out and get lost in the colors and patterns of the vast sky above. Sky gazing is therapeutic, and with time, one can even learn to identify the weather signals.
Sky Awareness Week was started in 1991 by H. Michael Mogil and educator Barbara Levine, meteorologists at the weather company, ‘The Weatherworks.’ The annual celebration is recognized in more than 40 states. The week-long event takes place in the last full week of April when the weather is bright and ideal for sky gazing. Night gazing is also popular, with people bringing out their telescopes and hosting gatherings to watch the stars and their constellations.
Sky Awareness Week timeline
Henry Cavendish makes tangible observations of the Aurora Borealis.
On July 29, 1878, a solar eclipse that happens once every 400 years occurs.
The “Great September Comet” passes near the Sun at a magnitude of negative 17.0.
In the summer of 1950, the skies grew dark and the Sun turned blue.
Sky Awareness Week FAQs
What does the term blue sky mean?
Blue sky means a situation that is successful or is progressing with ease.
Why is the sky blue?
The light from the sun is scattered into wavelengths of blue, indigo, and violet, which the human eye interprets as blue.
Where does the term blue skies come from?
Blue skies come from the 1976 ‘retrospectoscope’ research, which was conducted to see why the sky is blue.
Sky Awareness Week Activities
The art of making shapes out of clouds is called nephelococcygia. It is a fun activity for people of all ages.
Study the sky
Learn more about astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography and be fascinated by how much the sky factors in. Everything we know about the weather and changing climate is achieved by learning more about the sky and its elements.
Have a star-gazing night
Host a stargazing session with your friends. Arrange for a telescope, see which constellations you can identify, and more.
5 Amazing Facts About The Sky
The Aurora Borealis
Also known as the Northern Lights, the Aurora is a phenomenon named after the Roman goddess of dawn.
Look up to history
Considering that it takes hundreds and sometimes millions of years for the light from stars to reach Earth, looking up at the sky is like looking at history.
A star that is a diamond
In 2004, a star was discovered that was made completely out of diamonds.
Clouds are dense and heavy
Clouds may look puffy and soft, but they contain millions of tons of water.
Dancing dust on the moon
Dust tends to dance on the surface of the moon, especially when it is sunrise or sunset.
Why We Love Sky Awareness Week
For the love of the sky
The sky is a beautiful backdrop hanging above us, and we love how there is a week dedicated to appreciating it in all its vast glory! For things one cannot understand, people say it is better to just admire them and appreciate their existence.
The sky teaches us a lot
If we make it a habit, gazing at the patterns in the sky can tell us a lot about the weather, and how birds behave during certain times of the day. The terms red sky, blue sky, white sky, etc all have different meanings and they have become idioms or analogies in our daily lives because of the patterns we have observed by looking at the sky
Sky gazing is therapeutic
There is nothing like taking a break from our busy lives and just staring at the skies above. It is soothing for the soul. They say aim for the sky for a reason, why do they say that? Food for thought!
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