How to Celebrate National Space Day

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Tonight, step outside, look up at the sky and—assuming you’re in a location that is low on light pollution—appreciate the view of the stars. Because guys, it’s National Space Day.

In honor of the holiday, Fast Company has compiled a list of all “major events in astrophysics, aerospace, and even entertainment” from now through the end of the year.

The first one up is Monday’s Eta Aquariids meteor shower, which is a cloud of debris from Halley’s Comet that we pass through each year, triggering an annual shower. The shower is already underway but is expected to peak on the morning of May 6.

(You can scour the rest of Fast Company’s list, which includes more meteor showers, a South American total solar eclipse and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.)

National Space Day is celebrated by one and all on the first Friday in May, specifically as a way to get kids interested in math, science, technology and engineering. So if you’ve got kids, tonight would be a good night to bust out these amazing NASA websites, a few science experiments or even just some good old-fashioned glow games.

If all else fails, it’s probably no coincidence that National Space Day falls on a Friday. The only thing better than a little end-of-week stargazing is an accompanying cocktail fit for the occasion. Allow us to recommend The Cosmonaut:

Cheers to space!


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