Astronomy is an infinitely captivating subject and the oldest of the natural sciences. It is one of the few areas of science that amateurs can assist professionals and directly contribute to science. Astronomy is the scientific study of the contents of entire Universe, stars, planets, comets, asteroids, galaxies, and space and time, as well as its history.
If you’re starting out in Astronomy and looking at the sky at night, the contents of this site will guide you through what you can see at night as well as equipment advice, observation tips and tutorials. The astronomy articles cover the types of objects you can see and illustrate some basic astronomy concepts which are important to learn. You can also find several astronomy DIY projects which you can build yourself.
In a world where each city had its own calendar, the Greeks looked to the stars to ensure they did not miss Apollo's birthday, an important festival.
The Greek astronomer Hipparchus discovered precession, the slow movement of the heavens, by studying Egyptian astronomical records thousands of years ago.
Skywatchers will be treated to the longest "blood moon" eclipse of the 21st Century on Friday. As it rises Earth's natural satellite will turn a striking shade of red or ruddy brown with the "totality" period lasting for one hour, 43 minutes.
Steven Hawking, the man with the computerized voice, has become part of pop culture, making his way into TV shows and songs. He has had a prestigious career as a cosmologist who was able to communicate the wonders of the universe despite a progressive and debilitating condition.