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.
What should I learn first in astronomy? For anyone completely new to astronomy, the first step is to become familiar with the night sky, how it changes through the night and season by season, and how it varies according to the observer’s latitude. A planisphere (or “star wheel”), monthly sky guide, or computer software will help with this.
What are the 4 types of astronomy?
- ASTROPHYSICS: Applying the laws of physics in space.
- ASTROMETRY: Mapping celestial bodies.
- ASTROGEOLOGY: Examining rocks, terrain, and material in space.
- ASTROBIOLOGY: Searching for life outside Earth.