Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Valentine's Night to Remember

Bored of the same old thing? Candy and flowers, a crowded restaurant, dinner by candle light... Finished with a walk back to the car. While all lovely gestures, isn't it time to change it up a bit? Here's an idea for something new to try this year, and we think it's twice as romantic! A dinner under the stars, alone, by the light of the moon. No crowds or restaurants in sight.
Valentine’s Day is on a Monday this year. Plan a long weekend now! Start on Friday and extend until Tuesday. Why not? You both deserve some quality time together and whether camping in a tent, or in an RV, you can cook over a camp fire, reminisce about the first time you met and take a walk through the woods or just sit together and gaze at the stars.

Did you know that in 2001 astronomers from the museum of science were asked to plot a new constellation in the shape of a heart?  They were asked by the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO), makers of Sweethearts Conversation Hearts. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company has been a New England institution since 1847, and they've been making America's best-selling Valentine's Day treat since 1902.
Can you see it?
The Heart Constellation contains stars from the constellations of Orion, the hunter; Canis Major, the Big Dog; Canis Minor, the Little Dog; and Gemini, the Twins. At the heart’s point is Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.
Heart Nebula
Robin Symonds, director of the Charles Hayden Planetarium said in a press release,  "There are hundreds of ways to form images like the heart constellation we plotted. We hope that our effort will encourage more people to look at the night sky and design constellations of their own." How romantic will it be when you can point out a heart shaped constellation to your Valentine? So, spend some time together outdoors, away from the stereotypical crowds. Your Valentine is sure to appreciate the time and effort you put in to switching it up this year!

Happy stargazing, lovebirds!

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