Want to enjoy the summer night sky with your family? Just lie back, look up.

family adventures with the night sky

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ve seen me mention my brother’s wife, Jenna, the mom of my adorable nieces and nephew Jack, Ruby, and Luna.

What you might not know is that Jenna is also an astronomy teacher and planetarium director at our local middle school, and passionate about getting families out to enjoy the night sky together. That’s why she’s started the fantastic new blog Lie Back, Look Up, dedicated to inspiring families to spend time together stargazing.  

Lie Back, Look Up contains regularly updated information about the night sky, including a seasonal map of basic constellations you can find with your kids, astronomy and stargazing activities you can do with your little ones, basic astronomy information, helpful tips for stargazing with kids and cool printables like a stargazing diary. Jenna’s philosophy? Enjoying the night sky with your family shouldn’t be complicated or difficult. All you have to do is lie back and look up.

To celebrate the official launch of Lie Back, Look Up, Jenna is offering a free constellation card printable and will be giving away a planesphere (star wheel) to three lucky readers.

I hope you’ll head over and welcome my sister-in-law to the blogging world with open arms – her site is really unique and cool, and I know it’s going to inspire lots of families to get out and enjoy stargazing together.

Subscribe so you don’t miss a post, and please share her blog with parents, educators, and nature-lovers you know.

Now what are you waiting for? Head over to Lie Back, Look Up and find out what you and your child can discover together in tonight’s sky!

I won’t be posting a Sunday Reads entry this week – incidentally, my family will be camping with Jenna and John and kids, and we definitely plan to do some night sky watching over the weekend. I hope you will be too. See you Monday!

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