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Where Would Astronomy Be Without The Hubble

Where Would Astronomy Be Without the​ Hubble?

The microscope and​ telescope are two of​ ​ the​ most potent symbols of​ ​ science. the​ most important factors in​ ​ a​ ​ telescope are the​ aperture, or light gathering capability, and​ the​ quality and​ accuracy of​ ​ their optics. the​ major design criteria for​ a​ ​ new telescope are portability and​ low cost. What type of​ ​ telescope are you​ interested in? Among the​ many kinds of​ ​ telescope, the​ reflecting and​ refracting telescope are two of​ ​ the​ most popular. And, aperture and​ quality in​ ​ a​ ​ telescope are worth much more than power any day. Be sure and​ spend some time looking around and​ talking to​ ​ other star gazers to​ ​ get some ideas of​ ​ what would suit you. Most observers would be happy to​ ​ advise you. for​ more information please go to​ ​

Maybe something like a​ ​ Hubble Space model would suit you? Maybe you​ can make a​ ​ deal on​ a​ ​ slightly used version? Well, maybe not, bu…

Tips For Getting Started In Astronomy

When you​ are thinking about astronomy, the​ first thing that comes to​ mind is​ a​ telescope. This misconception is​ found every day. Actually, the​ first thing you​ need to​ do is​ look at​ the​ stars with a​ pair of​ binoculars. you​ cam spend hundreds of​ dollars on​ a​ telescope that might not be the​ right one. One thing that star glazers will tell you​ is​ that some of​ the​ lunar eclipses and​ bright comets look better with binoculars than with a​ high-powered telescope.

You need to​ look around the​ sky with a​ star map and​ learn about the​ stars and​ other objects in​ space before you​ jump in​ and​ buy a​ telescope. Sometimes what you​ see through a​ telescope will be ugly, where as​ through the​ binoculars, it​ is​ a​ beautiful focused site to​ see. Once you​ learn about the​ stars themselves, you​ will have a​ better understanding of​ what you​ are looking at​ and​ how far away it​ really is.

After you​ learn about the​ sky above you​ are ready to​ look for​ a​ telescope. …

The Science Of Astronomy Really Is Fascinating

Galaxies, the​ cosmos, astrophysics, observatories, telescopes: How do we possibly comprehend the​ reality that the​ universe is​ beyond measure, infinite, and​ endlessly mesmerizing?

We can't; that's why astronomy remains so completely fascinating. It's the​ things in​ life we do not understand that most often draw our interest; that's simply a​ natural human impulse -- to​ be curious, to​ wonder and​ to​ want to​ be in​ awe of​ something far beyond and​ outside ourselves.

We know that stars, like everything else, live and​ die and​ that there are scientifically "correct" patterns in​ the​ remote sky that both perplex and​ bewitch us. if​ astronomy fascinates, it​ is​ because there exists in​ everyone a​ profound empathy with a​ world that is​ inaccessible in​ its complexity. Who among us has not felt, even fleetingly, spellbound by the​ immensity of​ this cosmos, this universe?

Modern observatories regularly function as​ educational centers, providing this fee…

The History Of Astronomy

The History of​ Astronomy
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​ astronomy clubs and​ tens of​ thousands of​ amateur astronomers watching the​ stars every night just like we do.
But did you​ know that astronomy is​ one of​ the​ oldest and​ most respected sciences of​ them all? as​ far back as​ before the​ times of​ Christ, the​ wise and​ thinking people of​ societies of​ the​ time were looking at​ the​ stars and​ finding ways to​ track and​ chart them. We who love the​ hobby of​ astronomy can chart a​ proud history of​ astronomers that tracks across millennia and​ through virtually every cul…

The Best Sights For Astronomy

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​ …

Radio Astronomy

Radio Astronomy

For most of​ ​ us, the​ idea of​ ​ astronomy is​ ​ something we directly connect to​ ​ “stargazing”, telescopes and​ seeing magnificent displays in​ ​ the​ heavens. and​ to​ ​ be sure, that is​ ​ the​ exciting area of​ ​ astronomy that accounts for​ it’s huge popularity. So to​ ​ the​ uninitiated, the​ idea of​ ​ “radio astronomy” seems strange. There are two reasons for​ that. First is​ ​ that humans are far more visual than audio oriented. and​ the​ second is​ ​ that radio astronomy doesn’t really involve “listening” to​ ​ the​ cosmos except to​ ​ the​ extent that scientists who use this sophisticated form of​ ​ “stargazing” do not rely on​ visual study to​ ​ conduct their work.

To appreciate what is​ ​ really exciting about radio astronomy, first we have to​ ​ shift how we view astronomy. That is​ ​ because to​ ​ professional astronomers, studying the​ universe is​ ​ more about frequencies than it ​ is​ ​ about visual documentation of​ ​ phenomenon. This takes …

Interstellar A Film About Amateur Astronomy And The Search For Extra Terrestrials

Interstellar: a​ ​ Film About Amateur Astronomy and​ the​ Search for​ Extra-terrestrials

If there is​ ​ one thankless hobby or​ job in​ ​ this world, it’s Amateur Astronomy. Amateur Astronomers are under-funded, underrated and​ always taken for​ granted. Yet these little giants of​ ​ space science are always willing to​ ​ stretch the​ bounds of​ ​ our scientific knowledge without the​ need to​ ​ work within the​ restraints of​ ​ some established scientific theory or​ database. Despite the​ unappreciated nature of​ ​ this endeavor and​ often finding themselves at odds with the​ scientific establishment, Amateur Astronomers are responsible for​ some of​ ​ the​ most significant milestones achieved in​ ​ Astronomy.

Keiichiro Okamura, a​ ​ Japanese amateur astronomer, was responsible for​ some of​ ​ the​ best photos ever taken of​ ​ Halley’s Comet using just his telescope without the​ aid of​ ​ computer-enhanced photography. Berto Monard of​ ​ South Africa was recently honored by NASA after …

Buying Your First Astronomy Telescope

Buying Your First Astronomy Telescope

When we were children we were often taught that we could wish upon the​ first star that we saw in​ ​ the​ evening sky. After that wish was made and​ if​ ​ we believed hard enough our wish would come true. Eventually, our childhood fantasies gave way to​ ​ fact as​ we became more educated. This education was accomplished through astronomy classes, space exploration and​ other educational means.



The stars have always been a​ fascinating subject. Perhaps that's one reason why astronomy is​ so popular these days.

In essence, Astronomy isn't just about studying stars, as​ most people think. It's actually a​ study of​ celestial objects, which includes not only stars but also planets, comets and​ entire galaxies. in​ fact, Astronomy also studies different phenomena that come from outside of​ the​ earth's atmosphere, such as​ auroras and​ cosmic background radiation.

In addition, Astronomy, is​ concerned with a​ host of​ other sciences, including physics, evolution, chemistry, how celestial objects move and​ how the​ universe was formed and​ developed. Scientists routinely use Astronomy to​ test some of​ the​ most fundamental theories in​ physics, such as​ general relativity. in​ attempting to​ explain astronomical phenomena, astronomy joins hands with astrophysics.

Overall, Astronomy is​ among the​ oldest sciences known to​ mankind. Records show that there were astron…

Astronomy Or Astrology

Astronomy or​ Astrology?

Have you​ ever finally just gave in​ ​ to​ ​ the​ temptation and​ read your horoscope in​ ​ the​ newspaper on​ Sunday morning? Sure, we all have. for​ most of​ ​ us, it’s a​ ​ curiosity, an amusement to​ ​ see what they say our day will be like based on​ the​ sign of​ ​ the​ zodiac that we were born under. Sometimes we forget that this little diversion is​ ​ actually part of​ ​ an ancient science called astrology that has had a​ ​ powerful effect on​ many cultures dating back to​ ​ centuries before Christ.

That is​ ​ not to​ ​ say that astrology is​ ​ a​ ​ dead art today. it ​ is​ ​ easy to​ ​ find astrology advocates in​ ​ every town, advertising in​ ​ the​ newspaper and​ on​ television trying to​ ​ convince us that they can tell our fortune, our future and​ help cure our ills by exploring the​ mysteries of​ ​ astrology.

When you​ are a​ ​ lover of​ ​ astronomy, the​ confusion between astronomy and​ astrology by those who don’t really understand the​ differen…

Finding Astronomy Jobs

Finding Astronomy Jobs

When I graduated with a​ ​ degree in​ ​ astronomy, I thought that the​ world was my oyster. I believed that it ​ would be no problem to​ ​ find an astronomy job at one of​ ​ the​ top research institutes and​ do what I had always dreamed of. I think in​ ​ retrospect that I was just a​ ​ bit to​ ​ optimistic. Finding the​ perfect job in​ ​ astronomy has been somewhat of​ ​ a​ ​ personal odyssey for​ me.

The real problem is​ ​ that there is​ ​ a​ ​ lot of​ ​ competition for​ the​ best astronomy jobs. it ​ all depends where you​ want to​ ​ go. Most of​ ​ the​ astronomy and​ astrophysics work is​ ​ done in​ ​ universities all over the​ world. the​ best think that an astronomer can do is​ ​ to​ ​ get a​ ​ position as​ a​ ​ junior professor at a​ ​ school with a​ ​ great observatory, or​ contacts with some government astronomy satellite. That way, he can teach classes and​ get a​ ​ gig working on​ important research.

There is​ ​ nothing like working at a​ ​ major resea…

Astronomy It Really Is A High

Astronomy - it ​ Really is​ ​ a​ ​ High

Astronomy and​ space is​ ​ all about lust for​ learning. 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.

Most of​ ​ modern astronomical research involves a​ ​ substantial amount of​ ​ physics and…

Astronomy Binocularsûa Great Alternative

Astronomy Binoculars – a​ ​ Great Alternative

It seems from the​ moment you​ begin to​ ​ take your love of​ ​ astronomy seriously, the​ thing that is​ ​ on​ your mind is​ ​ what kind of​ ​ telescope will you​ get. and​ there is​ ​ no question, investing in​ ​ a​ ​ good telescope can really enhance your enjoyment of​ ​ your new passion in​ ​ astronomy. But don’t be too hasty to​ ​ keep up with the​ big wigs in​ ​ the​ astronomy clubs that have advanced telescopes. There is​ ​ another alternative that can give you​ most of​ ​ the​ advantages of​ ​ a​ ​ telescope and​ some extra flexibility and​ reduced cost to​ ​ boot.

That alternative is​ ​ a​ ​ good pair of​ ​ astronomy binoculars. Mostly we think of​ ​ binoculars as​ the​ thing you​ use to​ ​ see the​ football game when you​ have to​ ​ sit in​ ​ the​ cheap seats. But if​ ​ you​ do some homework and​ had a​ ​ good grasp on​ what your stargazing objectives are, the​ advantages of​ ​ astronomy binoculars over an entry level telesco…

Astronomy As A Hobby

Beginners in​ amateur astronomy are faced with a​ number of​ different challenges. One of​ the​ most daunting is​ the​ choice of​ a​ telescope. There are countless to​ choose from and​ too often there is​ minimum information on​ selecting the​ best one to​ buy for​ your specific needs and​ wants. Clearly, numerous newcomers to​ the​ hobby of​ amateur astronomy are often bewildered by the​ numerous types of​ telescopes available on​ the​ market.

Astronomy is​ a​ fun hobby in​ which numerous enthusiasts just enjoy looking up at​ the​ sky. But if​ you​ are more serious than that, then you​ will need to​ pick out a​ telescope. Books and​ magazines about amateur astronomy are written which can be a​ good root of​ information. Some of​ the​ additional popular magazines are Astronomy Magazine, Astronomy Now, and​ Popular Astronomy. you​ will find clearly written, authoritative, and​ scientifically sound articles that will cover both science and​ hobby activities in​ amateur astronomy. But you…

Astrology Medicine Astronomy

Astrology, medicine, astronomy

There was a​ ​ time when astrology was an accepted science and​ was a​ ​ part of​ ​ medical diagnoses, as​ much as​ were a​ ​ patient’s physical symptoms. It’s hard to​ ​ say whether we’ve e-volved or​ de-volved, as​ we no longer think about living in​ ​ harmony with cosmos. We consider ourselves too advanced scientifically to​ ​ think that movements in​ ​ the​ stars and​ planets might have a​ ​ serious impact on​ our daily lives and​ our health.

But are we right. Who is​ ​ anyone to​ ​ say that man, with his limited brain, can truly comprehend the​ workings of​ ​ the​ universe, or​ how he fits within it. Western civilization is​ ​ predicated on​ conquering, not understanding. But it ​ wasn’t always so.

Astrology is​ ​ one of​ ​ the​ most important historical contexts in​ ​ which astronomy developed. the​ Babylonians carefully assembled tablets of​ ​ the​ position of​ ​ Venus, as​ it ​ was believed to​ ​ denote omens for​ weather, war, famine, disease…