Tahoe is known for its pristine wilderness and perfect snow days, but did you know it’s also a great place to stargaze? Tahoe’s stunning night skies are plentiful in stellar views and offer an array of different constellations depending on the season. It’s time to gather your favorite people for a star party to check out the constellations this winter and spring in a city that boasts 300 clear nights per year.
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Know Before Your Go. Tips for Stargazing:
Location & Weather
It’s important to find a great spot for stargazing, especially where it’s dark and making sure you have a clear, cloudless sky. For perfect views try relaxing under the stars in the rooftop hot tub here at Red Wolf Lodge at Squaw Valley, or try a snowshoeing adventure away from the city lights.
Download a Stargazing App
If you own a smartphone there are a lot of great free apps available for both iPhones and Androids that can enhance your stargazing experience. For most apps you can simply raise your phone to the sky to help you locate where each constellation is, including planets and other galactic finds. We recommend apps like Star Chart (iOS/Android), NASA App (iOS/Android), Night Sky (iOS), or Sky Map (Android).
Telescopes or Binoculars
A telescope is ideal for stargazing to get an up close look at the cosmos, but if you’d like to enhance the stargazing experience without the big investment try binoculars.
What to Bring
To ensure a cozy, comfortable stargazing adventure be prepared for Tahoe’s chilly nights. If you’re not viewing the night sky from a hot tub we suggest bundling up with a thick jacket, or bring a sleeping bag or blankets so you can lay back and watch the night sky as you play ‘I spy’ with the stars.
Try using an online interactive constellation map to help you identify what the constellations look like in the night sky and check out which ones are showing up this winter and spring:
Winter Constellations (December, January, February)
- Canis Major
- Canis Minor
Spring Constellations (March, April, and May):
- Canes Venatici
- Coma Berenices
- Leo Minor
Are you ready to find your favorite constellations? Treat yourself to a stargazing adventure by entering for a chance to win two nights at Red Wolf Lodge at Squaw Valley, plus so many more great prizes. We’re thrilled to partner with resorts that are proud of being part of the Tahoe community, that’s why when you enter we’ll donate $3 to Tahoe based non-profits, Tahoe Food Hub and High Fives Foundation, who nourish the community every day!