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Get stargazing | Explore the galaxy from your own backyard

Most people can recognise the Southern Cross and the “saucepan” constellations. Have you ever wondered what other stars you see each night? Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences, tracing back to ancient civilisations. This knowledge has been used for navigation, timekeeping, agricultural planning and spiritual and religious practices.  

Stargazing can be a relaxing way to spend an evening. All you need to get started is the naked eye. Next time you find yourself on a night-time walk or trying to entertain the kids in the backyard after sunset, just look up. Did you know it is estimated that our galaxy, the Milky Way, holds more than 100 billion stars? 

Stars 101

Look out for these stars, planets and constellations in the Sunshine Coast night sky:

eBooks 

Libraries love these eBooks

To get started download the ePlatform by Wheelers and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password. 

eMagazines

Browse for cosmic articles with these eMagazines

  • Astronomy
  • Cosmos Magazine
  • Astronomy for Beginners
  • 50 Greatest Mysteries in the Universe
  • BBC Sky at Night
  • New Scientist
  • National Geographic

To get started reading free eMagazines, download the Libby by Overdrive app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.  

Podcasts and apps

Listen on the go with these nights sky podcasts: 

Try these apps to help you spot planets, stars and constellations:

  • NASA App
  • Star Tracker
  • Night Sky
  • SkyView Lite
  • Star Walk 2

Download from the App Store and Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts. 

More great stargazing ideas

Looking to buy a telescope? Read this first time buyers guide from Sky-watcher Australia.

Relaxing Milky Way Time Lapse

Love the program? Complete the online survey.