How do I start learning astronomy?
- Get comfortable using a star chart.
- Memorize major constellations.
- Learn the major asterisms.
- Learn astronomical distance and coordinate systems.
- Study up on telescope & binocular design.
- Keep a diary.
- Visit your local library.
- Learn & share with other hobbyists.
What are the basics of astronomy? Astronomy is the study of everything in the universe beyond Earth’s atmosphere. That includes objects we can see with our naked eyes, like the Sun , the Moon , the planets, and the stars . It also includes objects we can only see with telescopes or other instruments, like faraway galaxies and tiny particles.
How do you stargaze for beginners?
- Drive as far away as you can from city lights to avoid light pollution.
- Check the weather to make sure the sky is optimal for what you want to see.
- Use astronomy apps to know when interesting objects like the Milky Way core will be visible.
- Make sure you bring snacks and water.
Which book is best for astronomy beginners?
- Astronomy: A Beginner’s Guide to the Universe by Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan.
- The Astronomy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by DK.
- The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking.
- The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene.