Yay to celestial navigation using the stars to establish a connection with home! This is one of the many reasons why we need to protect the nightscape here in New Zealand.
"Master navigators from different cultures who showed me that practicing navigation is a powerful form of engagement with the environment that can inspire a greater sense of stewardship. Finding our way on our own — using perception, empirical observation and problem-solving skills — forces us to attune ourselves to the world. And by turning our attention to the physical landscape that sustains and connects us, we can nourish “topophilia,” a sense of attachment and love for place. You’ll never get that from waiting for a satellite to tell you how to find a shortcut."
This research provides evidence of the many benefits that access to a starry sky provides not only to health, well-being and life quality of individuals, but also to society and communities collectively. Perhaps one of the most important aspects is the awe factor of the night sky, and the power of the Cosmos to expand our horizons and more. Please explore the numerous research papers that have explored the awe-inspiring qualities of the night sky.