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Collectively we all see the same sky. If we all join together in reporting anything we see, maybe we can correlate sightings that occur over a large area.
What is a Skywatch?
Usually we gather together in a dark skies location, maybe have a meal and a pint first, and then stand or sit out in the dark and spot comets, shooting stars, satellites, the ISS, aircraft, even ships (on the sea!). It can be cold but the night sky can be astonishing!
What’s the point?
As a group with a heritage which includes UFO Investigation (Yes, that LOGO isn’t random!) we like our members to be familiar with the night (and daytime) skies. The only way to reliably recognize when you’re seeing a satellite or a meteor is to get out in the dark and see them for real. This way if you see something unusual you can at least rule out the obvious culprits, and often you find that the mundane things like aircraft can appear really weird due to atmospheric effects.
While it's good to Skywatch with friends we don't need to be together and lots of sightings occur unexpectedly, when we are doing other things. But that's fine, we can still record our sightings and even though we may think we are far apart that doesn't matter. As the late, great Douglas Adams put it:
“Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.”
You get the point. The fact is that MOST of LAPIS’s members and friends will be looking at the same sky. (And if you aren’t, for example you’re in the Southern hemisphere, then we’re very very interested in seeing your perspective!).
So please join us in reporting your sightings either by joining our Facebook page @LAPIS Worldwide Skywatch or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org