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  Astronomy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Astronomy (Greek: αστρονομία = άστρον + νόμος, astronomia = astron + nomos, literally, "law of the stars") is the science of celestial objects and phenomena that originate outside the Earth's atmosphere, such as stars, planets, comets, aurora, galaxies, and the cosmic background radiation.
Modern astronomy as practised is not to be confused with astrology, the belief system that states that people's destiny and human affairs in general are correlated to the positions of celestial objects in the skies.
Although classical astronomy was one of the seven key subjects taught at medieval universities in Europe, observational astronomy was mostly stagnant in medieval Europe until XIII century, when lived astronomers and astrologers as Johannes de Sacrobosco, in England, and Guido Bonatti from Forlì, in Italy.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Astronomy   (1926 words)

  
 Amateur astronomy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Amateur astronomers often look at the sky using nothing more than their eyes, but common tools for amateur astronomy include portable telescopes and binoculars.
In particular, amateur astronomers often contribute toward activities such as monitoring the changes in brightness of variable stars, helping to track asteroids, and observing occultations to determine both the shape of asteroids and the shape of the terrain on the apparent edge of the Moon as seen from Earth.
There are a large number of amateur astronomical societies around the world that serve as a meeting point for those interested in amateur astronomy, whether they be people who are actively interested in observing or "armchair astronomers" who may be simply interested in the topic.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Amateur_astronomy   (2229 words)

  
 Prairie Astronomy Club: Amateur Astronomy
Astronomy is unique among the sciences in that amateurs can and do play an important role.
In astronomy, professionals are typically absorbed in teaching and conducting specialized research, and observing time at the major observatories is limited and not easy to come by.
Amateurs involved in variable star observing, enjoy contributing their measurements of apparent magnitudes and periods, to the ever increasing database of astronomical knowledge.
www.prairieastronomyclub.org /amateurs.html   (796 words)

  
 RF Cafe - Amateur Astronomy Websites
Amateur astronomy is one of those hobbies in which I participated avidly for about five years while in the U.S. Air Force and for a couple years after separating.
A wide spectrum of astronomy interests are explored at the AAAP through regular meetings, workshops, use of the two club observatories, public outreach and regional star parties.
Joint effort by two amateur astronomers, Joe Roberts and Peter Chapin, includes information on a variety of topics that may be of interest to both casual star watchers as well as experienced amateurs.
www.rfcafe.com /references/amateur_astronomy_links.htm   (1505 words)

  
 Amateur Astronomy Magazine
They are written by our subscribers, amateur astronomers who know their subject and their articles reflect their love of the hobby.
We carry articles that the real amateur astronomers of the world are interested in reading - not articles that are aimed at the news stand market of casual readers, or intended for professional astronomers.
Amateur Astronomy is no longer the new kid on the block.
www.amateurastronomy.com   (616 words)

  
 Ham Radio and Radio Astronomy
When amateur operations resumed in 1919, it was much more imperative to abide by the rules, so the hams had to find out just what they could do with the short waves.
Further amateur experiments showed that, by using a variety of frequencies in the shortwave region (3-30 MHz), long-range communication could be maintained both day and night.
Reber's radio astronomy work continued for a number of years, and his results were published in the Proceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers, the Astrophysical Journal, Nature, and the Journal of Geophysical research.
www.nrao.edu /whatisra/hist_ham.shtml   (1070 words)

  
 AMATEUR ASTRONOMY
Amateur Astronomy has seen substantial growth in the past few years.
Amateur Astronomy provides a means where we can fulfil one of our most basic human needs, the need to explore.
Amateur Astronomy is also gaining importance from a scientific point of view.
users.adelphia.net /~greg_gran/amastro.html   (1123 words)

  
 JHU / APL ASTRONOMY CLUB
Astronomy Club Meeting are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month.
The APL Astronomy Club seasonal Star Parties are held four times a year and an annual star party for Club members only.
We also coordinate some of our activities with the national Astronomy Day and Space Week events by introducing star gazers of all ages to Astronomy.
www.jhuapl.edu /APLastronomy   (517 words)

  
 Open Directory - Science: Astronomy: Amateur: Beginners   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Amateur Astronomy - The role of the amateur astronomer, and possible contributions within different fields.
Astronomy and Astrophotography for the Non-Gazillionaire - Designed for the amateur and beginner on a budget consisting of articles, gallery, and mission statement.
Astronomy for Kids - Beginner's Corner - Support for all ages in buying a telescope and becoming a skilled observer by means of various tools.
dmoz.org /Science/Astronomy/Amateur/Beginners   (946 words)

  
 NASA - Welcome to JPL's Amateur Astronomy page, linking enthusiasts with JPL resources.
NASA is enlisting assistance from amateur astronomers during the Deep Impact mission's encounter with comet Tempel 1 on July 4, 2005, when an impacting projectile will collide with the comet's surface and form a deep crater.
In conjunction with planned imaging by the mission, scientists want to use observations taken before and after impact by professional observatories, students and amateurs to provide context for the data taken by the impactor and flyby spacecraft.
With member clubs in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, this nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy clubs brings the science, technology and inspiration of NASA's missions to the public.
www.nasa.gov /centers/jpl/events/amateur-astronomy.html   (356 words)

  
 Jeff Bondono's Astronomy Page
Astronomy Thesaurus The main aim in producing this reference work is to try to standardise the terminology in the field of astronomy for the purposes of aiding unambiguous library cataloguing and more precise recall of data from computer databases.
CLEA Contemporary Lab Exercises in Astronomy is an excellent set of astronomy educational programs, including a spectral classification of stars, the large-scale structure of the universe, radio astronomy of pulsars, and many more.
Astronomy Unbound is an electronic book for anyone with a general interest in astronomy.
mywebpages.comcast.net /bondono2/astro.html   (7027 words)

  
 Double Stars To Follow
The people in our club are always helpful in providing assistance when some problem arises during a session, and all provide a unique form of friendship that one only finds when appreciating something as universal as amateur astronomy.
And, unless they know that the persons that they are sharing their views with are amateurs like themselves, they tend to maintain a bit of the protectiveness that infants often merit out of necessity.
I really cherish the facets of amateur astronomy were I constructively draw an object via the eyepiece, take a photograph of something I might be looking at, or simply log details of an object.
www.prairieastronomyclub.org /kevn_ltr.htm   (1056 words)

  
 Amateur CCD Astronomy
The CCD affords amazing views of the night sky even for amateur astronomers with modest telescopes living in large light-polluted metropolitan areas.
The CCD also permits precise astrometry, spectroscopy, photometry, and other types of scientific research for even amateur astronomers.
This webpage is devoted to showing examples of astrophotography that this author, an amateur astrophotographer, has taken with the CCD.
www.azastronomy.com   (162 words)

  
 Gary Brown's Amateur Astronomy Website   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
This series is suitable for older children and amateur astronomers alike -- covering everything from the origins of astronomy to advanced study of celestial objects, radio, light and orbital theory.
Astrnomers (amateurs, professional and "wannabees") will discover this to be one of the most informative, educational and (more importantly) fun ways to participate in the exciting hobby of Astronomy.
The SWAOG Amateur Astronomy Network recording are also available via Podcast for automatic download to your portable media device.
astronomy.thebrownhouse.org   (1026 words)

  
 Radio Astronomy Telescope Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
I have been interested in radio astronomy for years but have only recently been able to find the time to assemble my own radio telescope.
I have included some information on construction and sources of material, and there is also a description of how I am using it and what type of information can be gained from these types of observations.
It is my hope that this information will be helpful to others who are interested in radio astronomy or who may even be considering a project of their own.
www.signalone.com /radioastronomy/telescope   (1465 words)

  
 Open Directory - Science: Astronomy: Amateur   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Astronomy Cafe - The menu is appetizers, specials, and main course.
Bad Astronomy - Most people are very curious about the night sky, but unfortunately a lot of misinformation is spread, just plain silly, but many times it makes just enough sense that people believe it.
Sundial, calendar and Khmer temples - Experimental astronomy applied on research of solar orientation of the temples in SE-Asia.
dmoz.org /Science/Astronomy/Amateur   (787 words)

  
 Advanced Amateur Astronomy - Cambridge University Press
This book is for amateur astronomers and telescope users who want to move beyond elementary stargazing to more challenging projects.
Written by an accomplished amateur astronomer, this indispensable guide to more advanced work is packed with information and lucid explanations.
For those users who want to move to even greater challenges, chapters on photometry, spectroscopy and radio astronomy bring observational astronomy to a level where data of real scientific value can be acquired.
www.cambridge.org /uk/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521574307   (316 words)

  
 AMATEUR RADIO ASTRONOMY LINKS
Amateur radio astronomers do not have the resources that the professionals have.
Ned's Amateur Radio Astronomy Page: An observer that is active on a wide range of frequencies from VLF up to Ku-band.
The Amateur SETI Hompage: This is a site with lots of information.
408mhzsurvey.org.uk /links_amateur.htm   (644 words)

  
 Participate in the Study of Space Science - Amateur Astronomy
Amateur astronomy is a fascinating hobby and can be an introduction to several practical and useful technologies.
Instruments used in ground based astronomy range from the unaided eye, to common video cameras, to large computer controlled telescopes using adaptive optics.
Sky and Telescope and Astronomy both have comprehensive telescope buying guides.
spacekids.hq.nasa.gov /osskids/orgs   (432 words)

  
 ADC for Amateur Astronomers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The ADC primarily serves the professional astronomy community.
However, amateurs can find many of the ADC's catalogs useful for their hobby.
This page includes information on using ADC resources for amateur astronomy and links to selected external resources that may be of interest.
adc.gsfc.nasa.gov /adc/adc_amateurs.html   (264 words)

  
 Amateur Astronomy
The site is about ATM in astronomy and specialy about Dobson driven mounts, motofocusers, equatorial platforms, stepper motors and related matters.
Emphasis is given to the Meade ETX 70 and astrophotography using Autostar Suite and the LPI and DSI Imagers.
This is a webpage dedicated to amateur astronomy and specially one of its exciting extensions, CCD imaging.
d.webring.com /hub?ring=amatuerastronomy   (712 words)

  
 Irving Family Web Pages: Astronomy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Astronomy clubs welcome visitors and are always pleased to show off the night sky to people who drop in.
Why don't you look up an astronomy club in your area and go to one of their events.
Michael has taken a great interest in astronomy and has compiled some of his thoughts on learning about it.
www.irving.org /astronmy   (315 words)

  
 Amateur Radio Astronomy : Operating Modes: Amateur Radio Astronomy
Amateur Radio Astronomy - A radio-telescope project observing the natural radio emissions of neutral hydrogen atoms throughout space.
Amateur Radio Astronomy in North Yorkshire - Amateur radio-telescope project of a retired seafarer.
Jodrell Bank - Nuffield Radio Astronomy Laboratories (NRAL) - NRAL at Jodrell Bank are a part of the University of Manchester's Department of Physics and Astronomy.
www.dxzone.com /catalog/Operating_Modes/Amateur_Radio_Astronomy   (1036 words)

  
 Astronomy Boy: Amateur Astronomy
Check out Astronomy Boy's guide to getting started in astronomy, including telescope buying advice, lists of informative web sites, books for newcomers, and local astronomy clubs and observatories.
Although the CG-5 is quite popular, many examples suffer from sticky movements in both the right ascension and declination axes.
The most famous catalog of deep sky objects is the one compiled by Charles Messier in the 18th century.
www.astronomyboy.com   (406 words)

  
 Amateur Radio Astronomy
While amateur radio astronomy is something that interests me personally, it is also something that I'm doing in connection with the VTC Astronomy Club.
Radio astronomy requires complex and potentially expensive equipment before anything can be observed at all.
Many amateur radio astronomers have put up web pages detailing the design of their telescopes.
www.rocketroberts.com /astro/radio.htm   (1003 words)

  
 The Home of Amateur Astronomy in the UK
The Home of Amateur Astronomy in the UK SETI@home is a scientific experiment that will harness the power of hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
I have combined my love for astronomy and computing to produce and maintain a number of astronomy web sites.
Most of these sites are for amateur astronomy and all are for societies and organizations based in Britain.
www.mikeoates.org   (203 words)

  
 Astro-Tom.com
Ask an Astronomer There are answers to many, many amateur astronomy questions here.
This site is maintained by an amateur astronomer like yourself, who wants to share the night sky with as many people around the world as possible.
It is freely presented to increase your enjoyment of amateur astronomy.
www.astro-tom.com   (828 words)

  
 Amateur Radio Astronomy (W6/PA0ZN )
Amateur Radio Astronomy at the Observatory in Heppenheim, Germany.
Radio Astronomy experiments with a 5.6 m Dish by CT1DMK.
The Basics of Radio Astronomy, A FREE NASA Training Manual a former DEEP SPACE Radio Telescope.
www.nitehawk.com /rasmit/ws1_4.html   (168 words)

  
 Kathy Zendner's Web Site Home Page
Astronomy Web Guide is a comprehensive and useful tool for amateur astronomers or anyone looking for Astronomy information.
Astronomy Web Guide is organized to help you easily find specific areas of interest in a useful and efficient format.
All of the web sites listed in Astronomy Web Guide have been verified for content and are regularly updated.
astronomywebguide.com   (112 words)

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