Stars are balls of hydrogen gas that are so massive the centers burst into nuclear reactions. To dreamers, stars glimmer with hope and beauty.
Writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's famous Little Prince looked up at the sky and dreamed, "As I wonder...whether the stars are set alight in heaven so that one day each one of us may find his own again."
On a clear, moonless night, away from the distraction of city lights, the naked eye can behold thousands of stars, flickering, twinkling jewels in the sky.
Whether it is the brilliant Venus, that dazzles the evening sky or other celestial light shows, the sky keeps moving as the earth spins, so every night is a new opportunity for adventure and discovery.
"Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light," said Victor Hugo, the creator of Les Miserables.
The word constellation, the grouping of stars, is from the Latin cum "together" and stella "stars." Although modern astronomers divide the heavens into 88 constellations, stars have been seen as different objects by different stargazers.
For example, the curved pattern of stars seen by Westerners as Scorpius (the Scorpion) is seen by Polynesians as the giant fish hook the god Maui used to form the Hawaiian Islands.
Whether legend, dream, or scientific fact... The sky is full of wonder every night of the week. Seek the bright heavens to light the darkness.
Look up and marvel.