on February 13, 2013 in Lifestyle
Stargazing From Your Hot Tub
Impress your hot tub date with a guided journey through the constellations.
What could be more romantic than exploring the universe together?
Summer evenings provide an optimal opportunity to check out the stars and planets in the night’s sky. Usually it’s too cold to sit outside and star gaze in the winter months, but with a hot tub it’s ideal.
The constellations that you will be able to see depends on your location and the time of day. We’ve compiled a chart of the constellations that you have the best chance of seeing during the month of February in the Thermospa Stargazing Chart (printable PDF file):
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Turn off all the lights around your hot tub, even the lights inside your spa. You will be warm and cozy in the bubbling waters of your spa, so relax and gaze up at the night’s sky and see what you can find.
The mythological stories are great to share with your loved one or kids during a special evening in your hot tub:
The Constellations of the February Night Sky
Gemini – The Twins
This is the highlighted constellation for February. This is a relatively easy constellation to find in because of the bright twin stars at the head of ‘the twins’ – Pollux and Castor.
According to Greek Mythology, Castor and Pollux shared the same Mother, Leda. Castor’s father was the King of Sparta and Pollux’s Father was the god Zeus, making Pollux mortal while his twin was mortal.
In China, they represent the dual forces of the ying and the yang.
Orion – The Hunter
Orion is the most popular of all the constellations and the easiest to spot from most locations. This constellation is most clearly visible from November to February.
Just look out for the three stars that line up Orion’s belt – there are no other formation of stars in the sky that line up in this way.
You can use Orion to try and locate the Milky Way.
Orion proclaimed himself to be the best hunter in the world. The wife of Zeus had him killed by a scorpion, and Zeus put him into the sky as a constellation.
Canis Major – Orion’s Hunting Dog
The ‘Big Dog’ is best visible in this month. The brightest star in the night sky, Sirius, is contained in this constellation.
This star is bright because of it’s proximity to the solar system, it is also one of the closest stars to Earth.
The stars of Orion’s belt point to the star of Sirius, and the star marks the neck of the dog constellation.
In mythology, the dog, Canis Major, was a gift from Zeus to Europa. It was so famed for it’s speed, that Zeus sent it flying into the sky as a constellation.
It also represents one of Orion’s hunting dogs, helping Orion fight Taurus the Bull (another constellation).
There are also some interesting astronomical events happening this month, like the chance to get a glimpse at Mercury.
This month Mercury will reach it’s greatest eastern elongation, providing the best evening view of the planet all year.
Other planets within view this month are Jupiter and Saturn. This is the third best month to view Jupiter. It is best seen in the south after sunset (a perfect hot tub time).
Saturn is a planet to look out for if you are outside in the early morning.
You may even be able to spot a passing Near Earth Object on February 15, the closest this particular object may ever get to earth!
If you are one of the Thermospa hot tub owners that uses your spa every night, you will have plenty of chances to spot some of these amazing celestial events!
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