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.

 

How to Photograph the Moon with a DSLR
20th January 2014Astrophotography
Find out how to photograph the Moon with your DSLR camera and a small telescope and capture amazing views of the Moon.
How was the Milky Way born?
16th December 2013Astronomy
The moment of creation has fascinated philosophers and scientists throughout history. In the distant past, how did our Milky Way Galaxy from?
Talk does not cook riceChinese Proverb
Open Clusters, Double Stars and a Nebula
10th December 2013Observations
Last night I literally dusted off my 200mm (8") Newtonian reflector and set about imaging some more of the winter nights sky.
Comparison of NASA Orbital Launch Systems
6th December 2013Astronomy
A visual comparison of NASA orbital launch vehicles from Pegasus to the new Space Launch System.
Getting Back into Astronomy after a Long Break
6th December 2013Observations
It's been a long time since I have done any night sky viewing, according to my last post on this website it was back in 2010! Well, now I have been out every clear night for the past month (only two nights!) with some new equipment and taken some amazing new photos.
Ursid Meteor Shower
3rd December 2013Sky at Night
The Ursids are often neglected due to the fact it peaks just before Christmas and the rates are much less than the Geminds, which peaks just a week before the Ursids. Observers will normally see 5-10 Ursids per hour during the late morning hours on the date of maximum activity.
Leonid Meteor Shower
3rd December 2013Sky at Night
The Leonids are famous because their meteor showers, or storms, can be among the most spectacular. The outbursts of meteor activity are best seen when their parent object, comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, is near perihelion (closest approach to the sun).
Orionid Meteor Shower
3rd December 2013Sky at Night
The Orionid Meteor Shower is a medium strength shower that can reach high strength activity. In a normal year the Orionids produce 20-25 shower members at maximum. In exceptional years, such as 2006-2009, the peak rates were on par with the Perseids (50-75 per hour).