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

 

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.
Talk does not cook riceChinese Proverb
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.
What is the Moon Illusion?
16th April 2014Astrophotography
The Moon illusion makes the Moon appear much larger when it is closer to the horizon. Find out why the moon is larger when it's near the horizon.
History of the Newtonian Reflector
6th April 2014Astronomy
The Newtonian Reflector was invented by Sir Isaac Newton in 1672 and was the first to feature the revolutionary 45° mirror.
Resurrecting an Old Telescope
4th April 2014Projects
I've just uncovered my old telescope, how do I go about making it usable again? How do I clean the mirror? How do I get everything back together properly?
How To Make and Use a Bahtinov Mask
15th February 2014Projects
The Bahtinov mask is a device used to accurately focus astronomical telescopes. It is named after its inventor Pavel Bahtinov.