A Night Under The Stars
Was there an activity you always enjoy doing with your parents growing up? And what is that special thing you do with your kids? For Jermaine and his father, it is the evening walks and their shared love for space and stars. It all started with an overnight camping trip on the Global Sleep Under the Stars Night.
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Jermaine was all about space exploration and stars. He really enjoyed reading books about stars and how Elon Musk was building rockets to bring people to Mars. Jermaine's father told him that August 8th is Global Sleep Under the Stars Night, so he asked if Jermaine wanted to spend a night outside and watch the stars.

He was excited about this idea and agreed to do it!

So, he and his father started to prepare for a night outside.

Jermaine was so excited because he knew that he would see a lot of stars and constellations.

They got to the place where they were going to spend their night.

It was a perfect spot. without any light sources. They set up their tent and started to have fun. At first, Jermaine was a little scared because he didn't know what will happen during the night. His father calmed him down by telling him that everything would be fine. They spent some time talking about space exploration and Elon Musk.

It was so interesting to hear all the stories, but after a while, Jermaine started to feel sleepy, and he wanted to go to sleep. His father told him that they would soon, but first, they would watch some stars and constellations.

Jermaine looked at the sky and saw a lot of stars. He saw a lot of constellations too! His father pointed out some for him, like Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Draco, and Ursa Major.

Afterwards, they went inside the tent.

Jermaine asked more questions about constellations while sharing some snacks and drinks with his dad.

The next morning, Jermaine woke up feeling refreshed because he was able to sleep outside! He was glad that he got to watch a lot of stars.

The next evening, Jermaine and his father decided to take a walk and go to a park. There were a lot of people there, so they decided to sit on a bench. They started to talk about the stars and constellations again.

Jermaine's father said that the reason that he likes to go to the wild at night is that he can see more stars in the sky than in the city. He explained that there are more light sources in the city, and the light pollution diminishes the contrast between the dark sky and celestial sources of light, which makes it harder to see the stars and the whole splendor of the universe. It would be interesting to see how much light pollution would be created by all the lights in New York City or Las Vegas - cities which have millions of people living in them - compared with small towns or villages where most people live without too many light sources.

Jermaine said, "Oh, I know what you mean!

When I was younger, I was afraid of looking at the sky at night because I thought there were monsters underneath it".

His father smiled and said, "That's why it is important for kids to understand that there is nothing to be afraid of when it comes to space exploration".

"When I grow up", said Jermaine, "I want to be an astronaut".

His father asked him if he wants to go into space or stay on Earth. Jermaine answered that he would like both: going into space and exploring planets like Mars but also staying on Earth and exploring our planet too!

The next day, Jermaine woke up and his father was already awake.

"I had a great time! Thank you for the time last night", said Jermaine.

"Thank you for joining me too", said his father. "I'm glad you had fun ".

The evening after, Jermaine's father and he decided to go outside again. They went to the park, but it was too crowded, so they decided to go somewhere else. They walked for a while until they got to a darker place. There were no other people around, so Jermaine's father asked him if he wanted to sit on the grass and look at the sky for a while.

He saw many stars that he saw last night, but he also saw new ones! His father told him that there are some constellations in those stars: Aquila, Cygnus, and Lyra. Jermaine already knew what they look like! So, he pointed them out in the sky and explained what they looked like.

Jermaine's father took out a book about constellations. He showed him the pictures of the constellations and explained that they can be located by three different coordinate systems: the ecliptic coordinate system, the equatorial coordinate system, and the galactic coordinate system.

Jermaine was surprised by all this information! "

What are they?"

"The ecliptic coordinate system is used to describe an object's location relative to the plane of Earth's orbit around the Sun."

"The equatorial coordinate system is used to describe an object's location relative to Earth's equator (which is a circle that happens to have Earth's the North Pole in its center)."

"The galactic coordinate system is used to describe an object's relative location to the plane of our galaxy - which consists of a huge number of stars, including our Sun!"

His father smiled and stopped right here, "Shall we resume this topic in our evening walk tomorrow?"

Jermaine agreed.

These evening walks had already become the highlight of his days.
杰梅因对太空探索和星星痴迷。 他非常喜欢阅读有关星星以及埃隆马斯克如何制造火箭将人们带到火星的书籍。 杰梅因的父亲告诉他 8 月 8 日是庆祝"睡在星空下"的全球纪念日,并问他是否想在外露营并看星星。 他很高兴地同意了! 于是他和父亲开始为露营做准备。 杰梅因非常兴奋,因为他知道他将会看到很多星星和星座。

杰梅因和他的父亲到达了他们将要过夜的地方。 这个地方非常完美,没有其它光源,也没有风。 他们支起帐篷,开始玩乐。 起初,杰梅因有点害怕,因为他不知道晚上会发生什么。 他的父亲帮他静下来,并告诉他一切都会好起来的。 他们花了一些时间谈论太空探索和埃隆马斯克。

这些故事真是太有趣了,但是杰梅因开始感到困倦,想睡觉了。他的父亲告诉他,他们等会儿就去睡觉,但是先看会儿星星和星座。

杰梅因仰看天空,看到了很多星星。也看到了很多星座!他的父亲给他指出了其中的一些,比如仙后座、仙王座、天龙座和大熊座。

看完星星后,他们回到了帐篷。一边聊天,一边分享一些零食和饮料。第二天早上,杰梅因醒来后感觉神清气爽,因为他在户外睡的!他很庆幸昨晚看到那么多星星。

次日傍晚,杰梅因和他的父亲决定去公园散步。那里人很多,所以他们就找了个长凳坐了下来。他们又开始谈论星星和星座。

杰梅因的父亲说,他喜欢晚上去野外的原因是因为在天空中可以看到比城市里更多的星星。他解释说,城市中有更多的光源从而造成光污染。光污染使黑暗的天空和天体光源之间的对比度变小,从而更难看到星星和整个宇宙的辉煌。如果将纽约市或拉斯维加斯市,两个拥有数百万居民的城市的所有灯光造成的光污染,与大多数没有太多光源的小镇或村庄相比,一定非常有趣。"

杰梅因说:"哦,我知道你的意思!我小的时候很害怕在晚上看天空,因为我以为它下面有怪物"。他的父亲笑着说:"这就是为什么让孩子们明白太空探索没有什么可怕的很重要。"

"等我长大了, 我想成为一名宇航员"。他的父亲问他是想进入太空还是留在地球上。 杰梅因回答说他想要两者兼而有之:进入太空并探索像火星这样的行星,但也留在地球上继续探索我们的星球!

第二天杰梅因醒来时父亲已经起来了。 "我玩得很开心!谢谢!",杰梅因说。

"也谢谢你的陪伴",他的父亲说。 "我很高兴你玩得很开心,也学到了新东西"。

这天晚上,杰梅因的父亲和他决定再次外出。他们又去了公园,但公园太拥挤了,所以他们决定去别的地方。他们又走了一段路,来到了一个更暗的地方。周围没有其他人,所以杰梅因的父亲问儿子要不要坐在草地上看看星空。

杰梅因看到昨晚看到的很多星星,但他也看到了一些新的!他的父亲告诉他这些星星中有天鹰座、天鹅座和天琴座。 杰梅因已经知道他们长什么样了!于是,他在天空中指出了它们的位置,并描述了它们的样子。

杰梅因的父亲拿出一本关于星座的书,并向他展示了星座的图片,并解释说可以通过三种不同的坐标系来定位它们:黄道坐标系、赤道坐标系和银河坐标系。

杰梅因对这些信息有些应接不暇! "这些是什么呀?"

"黄道坐标系用于描述物体相对于地球绕太阳公转轨道平面的位置。赤道坐标系用于描述物体相对于地球赤道的位置(这是一个恰好以地球北极为中心的圆)。银河系坐标系用于描述一个物体相对于我们银河系平面的相对位置——银河系由大量恒星组成,包括我们的太阳!"

父亲笑了笑,停在了这里,"明天晚上散步的时候,要不要继续讲这个话题?"

"当然!",杰梅因同意了。这些傍晚和父亲的散步已经成为他每日最期待的时光。
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