Map to the Stars

Fall is coming and bringing with it cool, crisp nights and clear, cloudless skies. It’s a great time for stargazing and Rural King has many products to help make your night under the stars even more enjoyable.

Bring those stars a little closer with Nikon 8×42 binoculars. These get you 8x closer to the stars and the large 42mm front lenses let in lots of light for better nighttime viewing. They’re perfect for viewing Nova Delphini 2013, the brightest nova since 2007 and visible with the naked eye in rural areas with little light pollution. Learn more here  and impress your kids!

Now that you know what to look for and have a great product with which to see it, you’re probably thinking of ways to extend your time spent stargazing. It may be tough to imagine right now but it’s going to be cooling off before you know it:  a heated jacket from Milwaukee will keep you outside and stargazing though for up to 6 hours! It’s water and wind resistant, comes in four colors (red, black, Realtree, and high-vis), and can even charge your electronic devices via USB! It also uses the same batteries as other Milwaukee M12 tools so you can always have a spare.

If that’s not enough to get you excited, did you know that you can see the International Space Station (ISS), Hubble Space Telescope, and many satellites from the comfort of your backyard? Sign up to receive alerts for the ISS at the Spot the Station website and you will receive an email during the day with information on the time, duration, and location the ISS will be viewable from your area. The ISS is the largest manmade object in space being roughly the size of a football field and is traveling at a height of 230 miles above the Earth and 4.791 miles per second! Check out NASA’s website for more information on viewable objects in the night sky and check out for the gear to make your autumn nights even more enjoyable.

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