How Much Do You Know About Astronomy

Did you know that astronomy is one of humanity’s oldest sciences? In fact, astronomy is one of the earliest sciences that humanity has ever pursued. So the study of our universe is not new but you should remember that astronomy is a science. A science for the masses. And, astronomy is a field about which most of the world knows very little.

Astronomy is really an outdoor nature hobby. Astronomy is also a place where international boundaries blur. It is as pure a science as one can find as it studies the Universe and what is in it. It is also an observational science that requires observations and precise calculations, particularly of positions of celestial objects. Astronomy is truly bigger than all of us.

With the dawn of the 20th century, Astronomy was divided into two sciences. These are observational astronomy and theoretical astrophysics. The first one is concerned with getting data and this involves building and maintaining a host of different instruments as well as processing the results of the data it acquires. There are some who refer to this branch of science as “astrometry” or simply as “astronomy“. On the other hand, theoretical astrophysics has to do with ascertaining the implications that can be observed through a computer or through analytical models.

Astronomy and its interrelationship with astrology has also influenced culture, education and religion to a very large extent over the centuries. In the English language, the first two days or our week, Sunday and Monday are a reference to astronomy as their literal interpretations would be “The Day of the Sun” and “The Day of the Moon.”

What are the best sights for astronomy? That’s hard to say. There is so much out there that the determination of what are the best sights for astronomy probably requires you to do some advance study and decide for yourself what you’d like to learn about.

There are a couple of very helpful books that can guide you through a determination of what are the best views for astronomy.

A new beginner or intermediate handbook for stargazers is the “Guide to Stars and Planets” by Patrick Moore. This accomplished astronomer has concisely gathered reference information on the night sky that details the best views for astronomy. It looks at the moon as well as the various constellations. You’ll find charts, photographs and maps that have been garnered through study with earth bound and space telescopes. The best areas for astronomy are laid out in this book as well as some guidance on how you’re going to take a look at the best views for astronomy yourself.

If you have a passion for star gazing, telescopes, the Hubble and the universe and this thing we call “astronomy”, you are far from alone. Of course, we know that astronomy is a highly respected science that has produced some of the most amazing accomplishments of the twentieth century. On top of that, it is a thriving area of fascination and one of the most exciting hobby areas going with thousands of astronomyclubs and tens of thousands of amateur astronomers watching the stars every night just like we do.

Buying Your First Telescope

Buying the right telescope to take your love of astronomy to the next level is a big next step in the development of your passion for the stars. In many ways, it is a big step from someone who is just fooling around with astronomy to a serious student of the science. But you and I both know that there is still another big step after buying a telescope before you really know how to use it.

Before you purchase your astronomy telescope it is important to conduct your research. One way of conducting this research can be accomplished by accessing the Internet and learning more about telescopes. Some of the questions that you should endeavor to answer surround what features to look for in a telescope, approximate cost, recommended brands, etc.

Another practical suggestion, before you purchase your astronomy telescope, is to “test drive” a telescope. This can be accomplished by joining an astronomy club. Often these clubs will have a stargazing event which will allow you to peer through the telescopes owned by the various members.

Another way of conducting research, prior to purchasing an astronomy telescope, is to ask the members in the club as to what telescope they would recommend. The key is education. Listen for the features they recommend, brand names, the diameter of the lens, price, etc.

There are many magazines out there that follow astronomy and can give you sample pictures and sky charts to go buy. The most common are SKY, TELESCOPE, or ASTRONOMY. Join an astronomy group or a star watching society. These groups usually have telescopes you can borrow for a look to see if it is really what you want. They also have advanced members who can teach you where to look for certain objects.

Choosing a telescope is a difficult process for the novice and if you do not make the right choice you may lose interest or worse your child may lose interest in the whole process. Choosing a telescope that allows for optimal viewing of celestial bodies and entering the amazing world of astronomy is an important step since putting too little money or too much money into the process. Since knowledge is important in choosing I suggest that you research your product and understand what you want to view in the night sky.

Beginner telescopes choice is an important step for budding astronomers and thus making the choice in telescopes for yourself or another in your family a step that could make or break you, choosing based upon research and perhaps the skills of others interested in astronomy can become instrumental in your choice of telescopes. Whether you choose a high end, medium priced or low end telescope is a personal choice and only you can make that choice.