Using the Stars as a Natural Navigation Device

 In Blog, The Great Outdoors

When you’re in the great outdoors, you better be prepared for anything. If your compass breaks, or if your GPS dies, wouldn’t you still want to know how to get to your destination?

Look Up and Let the Stars Guide You

If you’re ever lost in the dark, undoubtedly, you’d want to know how to find your way back. Navigating by the stars can help you out of that situation. Although most people tend to think it is really complicated, once you learn how to navigate using the stars, you’ll realize it can be rather simple. Plus, it definitely is more fun. The thing about the stars, though, is that they move, so, if you were to pick any random one to follow, you would probably end up getting lost. Luckily, there are ways to get around that.

Using the Stars to Find NorthFinding North

The North Star, also called Polaris, is the one star in the night sky that doesn’t seem to move, making it a reliable one to follow. It’s a vital star to identify as it sits right over the North Pole, which is the actual direction you want to go when you intend to head North.

Identifying East and West

Orion is your assistant in this task. This constellation rises in the east and yes, sets in the west. Mintaka, the first star of Orion’s belt, which is made out of a straight line of three stars, always rises and sets about one degree of true east and west, no matter where you are in the world.

Using the Stars to Find South

Finding South

Although not as accurate as the North Star, finding South can also be rather helpful. If you look up at the moon and it is a crescent, and really high in the sky, you can find South. All you have to do is connect the tips of the crescent and the place where the line clashes with the horizon, that’s where South is.

Find Your Way Through Colorado’s Amazing Trails

Now that you know all about natural navigation come to Colorado and immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience. Your love for the great outdoors will certainly keep you coming back for more. Let’s talk! At Mile High Rafting we are ready to help you plan your next adventure.

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