Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
Welcome!

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?
Top 10 Mobile Apps for Astronomers
24th February 2016Sky at Night
A collection of mobile applications to help you navigate the night sky, locate objects and never miss an astronomical event.
Don't think you are, know you are.Morpheus
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.
The Next Generation of Deep-Space Telescopes
2nd July 2015Astronomy
With Hubble now approaching the end of its scientific life, a new generation of spacecraft are set to blast off in the next few years. These missions may alter the way we see the Universe forever. This article looks at the most exciting prospects of the missions, with easy to understand explanations.
A Newbie's Guide to Distances in Space
2nd July 2015Astronomy
Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.
What Does It Take to Get to the Stars? a Brief Look at Interstellar Travel
2nd July 2015Astronomy
In this article, we take a look at the challenges of interstellar space travel and how current and emerging technologies, as well as those which are still completely hypothetical, might one day be able to take humanity to the stars.
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.