Ever since I was a child, I've preferred the night from the day. The night held something that the day only hinted at: a universe beyond our small, earthly one. The successor of dusk seemed to bring a new sense of energy, much needed by the end of each day; I'd feel more alert, more focused, more alive. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that the majority of my most creative periods were brought on by the night. Beyond a source of creativity, the night sky was almost cathartic for me: no matter how stressed or upset I'd get, a secret trip to the rooftop that night would relieve even the most tenacious tensions. After all these years, I still find solace just gazing up to the universe above.
“ The sky after sunset was always so much more interesting for me: an endless expanse of what looked to me as faerie dust and jewels strewn over a far-off brilliant dark sea. ”
Stargazer is for webmasters like myself—those who are aficionados of the heavenly bodies, appreciators of stars and galaxies and all of their brethren—true stargazers. You can be interested in astronomy, astrology, or any space science, or you can just be one of those people who love to lie on their backs outside simply staring in apprection and awe at the star-showered night sky above.
Previously "The Star*gazing Clique", Stargazer has survived for over seven years on the web, and remains one of my longest standing websites to date. Enduring massive amounts of neglect and long-standing periods of hiatus, this webclique was refreshed, remodeled & redesigned in June of 2007. It was again given a facelift in May of 2008.
“choose a star”
A new feature to this webclique is the addition of the “Stargazer Map of the Universe”, including the ability for members to pick a star—or create one of their own—to add to our universe. When joining, members can select a type for their star, give their star a name, and set the coordinates, including which quadrant, their star will hail from. Be creative! Using names from the “old universe” (e.g. the one in which our planet Earth lives) is nice, but using new, unique names will set your star apart from the rest and really give a sense of freshness to “The Map”. A popular method in deciding on names is to look up myth and folklore; for example, if you feel your star channels the element of water, perhaps Tlaloc, the name of the Aztec god of floods, would be a good choice. Let your star inspire you!
If you take a peek at the “Stargazer Map of the Universe” located above, you'll notice that the universe is divided into four quadrants: Erebus, Shalim, Zorya & Nótt. All four names are based on deities from mythology originating from various places around the world. Erebus is the Greek god of absolute darkness. Shalim is the Middle Eastern god of dusk (specifically in the pantheon of Ugarit). Zorya is the name of the three Slavic guardian goddesses who represent the Morning Star, Evening Star and Midnight Star. Last, but not least, Nótt is the Norse personification of night.