Because of the Valley's altitude and lack of bright city lights, Big Bear is an ideal destination for stargazing and viewing planetary movements and meteor showers. Plan your next stargazing session:
How to Best View the Night Sky
Look for a location away from bright nighttime lights and with a wide a view of the skies. It will take your eyes about 10-15 minutes to adapt to the dark. Using a red flashlight will help keep your dark adaption intact; you will lose this using an ordinary flashlight. Many outdoor equipment stores sell headlamps with red and white LEDs. When you reach your observing location, switch to red only.
If you are new to stargazing, you might want to first use a pair of binoculars. Many celestial objects are visible with simple binoculars, including the moon and some planets. Also consider downloading one of many free stargazing mobile apps to help you navigate the sky above!
Visit BearValleyAstronomers.org for additional info and to find star maps and stargazing insights.
Discover the Big Bear Solar Observatory
Big Bear's Solar Observatory is operated by the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The telescopes on the premises are specially made for observing the Sun.
Though suspended due to COVID, the Observatory does offer public tours of the grounds. Check their website for info when tours resume.
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