As Father’s Day approaches on 21 June 2020, we’ve picked out some of the best space and astronomy gift ideas for the dads who love to go stargazing.
Dads can be key role models in our lives, shaping our view on the Universe and our interests and hobbies. Many astronomers and space fans acquire their love of the stars from their mum or dad, and the Universe is ultimately something that connects us all.
Scroll down for our pick of some of the best gifts to give to a space and astronomy fan this Father’s Day.
Make every step a giant leap with these socks. Each depicts an astronaut walking on the Moon with a Space Shuttle zipping past behind them. Fit’s men’s shoe sizes 7 to 13.
Space Shuttle cufflinks
Help Dad show off his love of space even at the most formal of occasions with the help of these cufflinks showing NASA’s Space Shuttle. The set come with their own gift box, making them a perfect present.
Moon jigsaw puzzle
Challenge your Dad’s knowledge of the lunar surface by giving him this circular 100-piece puzzle which assembles to form a high-resolution image of the Moon.
Suitable for every occasion, this tie is decorated with a subtle motif featuring telescopes and planets, so your father can display his love of astronomy whether in the office, at a wedding or just out and about.
Stars large notebook
This notebook, decorated with depictions of the constellations, is perfect for keeping track of what you see in the night sky or planning out future astronomy projects. Contains 160 lined pages.
Men’s Halcon jacket
With nine well placed and sizeable pockets, this jacket will let him carry everything he needs for a night’s stargazing, while the special directional fabric will keep him warm and dry throughout the night.
Bamboo thermal flask
Keep Dad’s drinks warm throughout a long stargazing session with this flask. The bamboo housing is curved to keep your grip secure even while wearing gloves.
Scruffs peaked knitted hat
Make sure his ears don’t fall victim to the cold on a night out under the stars with this practical hat. The knitted cap comes down to cover the ears and neck, while inside a soft, wool-effect lining keeps your head comfortable as the temperature drops.
Lego International Space Station
Constructing this 864-piece Lego set of the International Space Station will provide hours of fun, and a it makes for agreat display piece once it’s done.
The lightweight Merino wool will keep his hands warm while stargazing, while the special conductive fingertips will let him use his touch screen without having to take them off.
Ezzy Pearson is BBC Sky at Night Magazine’s News Editor.