Getting Started with Astronomy - Astronomy for Beginners
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- 4 downloadable resources
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- How to observe the night sky without a telescope.
- Getting started with stargazing.
- Discover how the night sky works.
- How to tell a star from a planet.
- Light pollution and finding your dark sky.
- Using apps and maps to know what you are looking at.
- What to consider when buying your first telescope
- This course is designed for beginner stargazers.
- All you need is a love of the night sky, curiosity and your eyes.
When you look up on a clear night, from the darkest place you can find, you'll see stars, planets, the Moon and more.
Stargazing like this brings joy and a sense of wonder.
But sometimes it brings frustration. You'll ask yourself: What is that object? Why is the sky moving? How can I understand the cosmos?
When you look a the same sky with knowledge, being able to name objects, explain their movements and look deeper into the spaces between the stars, your curiosity will take over. You will want to learn more, see more, discover the universe.
This course you will get started.
Discover what you can see without a telescope.
Learn how to identify what the objects are, a star, a planet, even galaxies and nebulae.
Find your dark sky so that you can see more, and go deeper into the universe.
About your host
I'm Lisa Harvey, host of Everyday Astronomers and this mini-course. I wanted to create a place where people could unleash their curiosity and discover new things about the universe, meet like-minded people and share the joy of discovery.
I've been watching the stars for decades and my telescope has taken me to the most beautiful places in space.
I've spent a lot of time creating online communities and online courses and now I can combine this experience with my passion for amateur astronomy.
About this course?
After founding Our Wide Sky a few years ago, many people have asked for beginner tips and information. There is very little available that takes the approach of curiosity and wonder. Most are highly technical, with a lot of science, which does not always suit a beginner.
This course was created with the real beginner in mind. Someone, like you who does not want complicated models and diagrams. Someone, like you who wants to understand a small amount and then choose to move on
The course is videos with transcripts, some text lessons and resources such as checklists and workbooks.
This course is designed for people who know only that they want to know more about the night sky.
Be a Knowledgeable Stargazer
This is a mini-course, and not intended to go into depth about subject matter. Other Everyday Astronomer courses will take you deeper into your astronomy knowledge. But you will get enough information to be able to identify objects, know about what you can see and explain how the sky moves above your head.
This is a quick introduction that gives you a place to start with your visual, naked eye observing.
Learn how to observe without a telescope.
Discover how the sky moves.
Understand why the stars are different in Summer and in Winter.
Find out what you can see from where you are.
Learn the easy ways to identify the objects you see.
Find the best place for you to view the stars.
Just looking at the stars is a moving experience. Imagine how much more satisfying it can be if you know just a little bit more.
- Stargazers who want to know a little bit more about how to observe the night sky.
- Anyone getting started with astronomy.
- Anyone who wants to discover the wonders of the sky without a telescope
- People who want to buy their first telescope.
Welcome to the Getting Started with Astronomy course. This lesson is overview of the course. The course also includes activities and downloads.
New lessons, and bonus lessons are added from time to time.
There are a lot of reasons why people love the night sky. This video is a collation of answers to the question from members of the Our Wide Sky Facebook group.
If you relate to any of these answers, add them to your reasons for learning about the night sky.
Until 400 years ago all of what humans learned about the night sky was done by observing without a telescope. Doing Astronomy without a telescope means that you can go out on any night and observe the night sky.
There is plenty to see and a lot to learn about the sky just by observing with your eyes.
Understanding how light pollution works can help you to reduce your own contribution, and talk about it with your community.
When you see an object in the night sky, how do you know what it is? If you want to find a specific object how do you do that? In this lesson we introduce apps and maps to help you discover your night sky.
When you are ready to buy a telescope there are plenty of things you need to consider. This lesson gives you some ideas to help you make a good decision about your telescope purchase.
Work through the workbook in the resources to get a good idea of how you will use a telescope and what features of a telescope you should look for as you research your purchase.