Here is a way to try out something that will broaden your horizons and get you to see the stars in a whole new light (pun intended!) - while also working with thousands of other observers around the world. The GLOBE at Night project is attempting to raise awareness on the issue of light pollution and is gathering data from around the world - - including your backyard. The project website invites you to take a very close look at the constellation Orion between March 16th and 28th and note how many of Orion's stars you can see by comparing your view to star charts on the website. I've never done this myself so I am looking forward to taking my kids out when the skies are clear over San Francisco. The whole thing should take about 5 minutes but the lessons learned will stay with you for a lifetime.