First of all Astronomy is a science – we should respect it and the work of all it’s contributors. According to Wikipedia “is a natural science that studies celestial objects and phenomena. It applies mathematics, physics, and chemistry in an effort to explain the origin of those objects and phenomena and their evolution.”
An exciting journey awaits. Discovering the wonders of space and the beauty of the night sky can inspire you to achieve great things, motivate yourself and nonetheless keep your curiosity alive.
People were fascinated by the mystery of the dark sky since ancient times (insert reference of arab astronomers). With rather small steps we discovered that the Earth is not the center of the Universe but that we still live in an amazing corner of a universe, where the life as we know it is possible.
Stars are great “fireballs” of light described by complex running mechanisms. They like to hang out in “packs” – we have double, triple, quadruple (and so on) stars – forming systems of multiple stars. They can be further classified in star clusters (open and globular). At an even bigger level we get galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
Returning to our “neighborhood” – objects from our Solar System itself can be observed and/or studied using certain tools. These don’t have to be very expensive – most of us who are just starting this journey get held back by the belief that visual astronomy is too expensive – but this is not true at all. A good binocular (at about $50) is enough to start observing the moon, several planets and tens of deep sky objects (like open and globular star clusters I mentioned above, nebulae, and even a few galaxies).
The topic at hand is vast, complex and amazing. We will continue with stuff like learning the night sky, constellations, identifying cardinal points, how to read a star map and find actual objects on the sky with a telescope, meteor showers, comets, star and objects classifications and more. Stay tuned and sign up for our newsletter.