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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.

As a science, astronomy began tens of thousands of years ago in ancient Mesopotamia. Later observations made by the ancient Chinese, Babylonians, and Greeks. They tracked the motion of the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars across the night sky. It was important to know the position of the moon and sun throughout the year for planning agriculture and preparing for winter. They were the first to devise the seasons. Astronomy has since advanced into a complex study of the laws of nature which govern these phenomena.

Astronomy is however more than simply a mapping the motion of the stars, Moon and Sun. It is now 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 and looking at the sky at night, the contents of this site will take you through what you can see at night as well as some equipment advice. The tutorials cover the types of objects you can see and also illustrate some basic astronomy concepts.

 

How old could alien civilizations be?
17th May 2017Astrobiology
The Earth and our Solar System are around 4.6 billion years old, however the Universe is a lot older, it's around 13.8 billion years old! That begs the question: could there be other solar systems out there which are a lot older than our own?
Supermoon Lunar Eclipse 2015
29th September 2015Observations
A supermoon total lunar eclipse took place between September 27 and 28, 2015. It was seen in the early hours of Monday morning, September 28.
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25 Stunning Sights Every Astronomer Should See
8th June 2015Astronomy
Here is a collection of my top 25 wish list items to see in the sky at night ranging from Iridium flares to solar flares and distant galaxies.
First Moffat Astronomy Photos
21st February 2015Observations
It's been a while since I've been out under the stars, but tonight I took out my camera and photographed some of the stars and the moon from my own dark sky area for Moffat Astronomy.
Top 5 Space Exploration Breakthroughs of 2014
7th January 2015Astronomy
2014 has seen some incredible space exploration breakthroughs including discovery of hundreds of exoplanets and the successful landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover.
Sky Orientation through a Telescope
8th June 2014Astronomy
Looking through an eyepiece, the sky will take on a different orientation depending on which telescope you use.
Legacy of the Chinese Astronomers
21st May 2014Astronomy
Three thousand years ago, two great civilisations existed, both of which made major contributions to the development of astronomy.
Blue Moon Calendar
18th May 2014Sky at Night
A blue moon is a rare event which occurs when there is a second full moon in a month. The phrase has nothing to do with the actual colour of the moon.