Be A Stargazer: A Guide To Astronomy

Be A Stargazer: A Guide To Astronomy

Be A Stargazer: A Guide To Astronomy

How would you like to get started today in the fascinating hobby of astronomy?

Let Be A Stargazer take you by the hand and guide you on your memorable journey through the universe around us.

From our small world we have gazed upon the cosmic ocean for thousands of years. Ancient astronomers observed points of light that appeared to move among the stars. They called these objects planets, meaning wanderers, and named them after Roman deities - Jupiter, king of the gods; Mars, the god of war; Mercury, messenger of the gods; Venus, the god of love and beauty, and Saturn, father of Jupiter and god of agriculture.

The stargazers also observed comets with sparkling tails, and meteors or shooting stars apparently falling from the sky. Since the invention of the telescope, three more planets have been discovered in our solar system. The science of astronomy is ever expanding.

Be A Stargazer will provide you with an understanding of astronomy and the universe around us. From our closest neighbors, the moon, sun and planets to the distant reaches of the universe, the stars and constellations, Be A Stargazer is your ultimate guide.

Be A Stargazer begins with a basic understanding of light and color. In the first three chapters you will learn the important role these forces play in astronomy and an understanding of the universe. Exciting experiments will help you in your learning.

Next we will examine the instruments used in astronomy and you will learn how to build a simple spectroscope from low cost materials.

Then it's on to our sun, moon and planets, where you will learn there distance from us and amazing facts about each of these bodies, and then beyond to study the meteoroids, asteroids and comets and ending up at the stars and constellations with star maps for observing the night sky. Be A Stargazer is the complete manual for beginning this exciting new hobby.

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  1. Chapter 1: Why Study Light?

    For most of history, humans have used visible light to explore the skies.
  2. Chapter 2: Introduction to Light

    Light is a form of radiant energy or energy that travels in waves. Since Greek times, scientists have debated the nature of light.
  3. Chapter 3: Introduction to Color

    Color is a part of the electromagnetic spectrum and has always existed, but the first explanation of color was provided by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666.

    Some astronomical instruments are of the simplest character, some most delicate and complex.
  5. Chapter 6: Our Solar System

    From our small world we have gazed upon the cosmic ocean for thousands of years. Ancient astronomers observed points of light that appeared to move among the stars.
  6. Chapter 7: The Sun

    Our Sun has inspired mythology in almost all cultures, including ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, Native Americans, and Chinese.
  7. Chapter 8: Earth's Moon

    The regular daily and monthly rhythms of Earth's only natural satellite, the Moon, have guided timekeepers for thousands of years.
  8. Chapter 9: The Planets

    Our solar system is huge. There is a lot of empty space out there between the planets.
    1. Mercury

      The small and rocky planet Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun; it speeds around the Sun in a wildly elliptical (non-circular) orbit that takes it as close as 47 million km and as far as 70 million km from the Sun.
    2. Mars

      The red planet Mars has inspired wild flights of imagination over the centuries, as well as intense scientific interest.
    3. Jupiter

      With its numerous moons and several rings, the Jupiter system is a "mini-solar system."
    4. Saturn

      Saturn is the most distant of the five planets known to ancient stargazers. In 1610, Italian Galileo Galilei was the first astronomer to gaze at Saturn through a telescope.
    5. Uranus

    6. Neptune

      The eighth planet from the Sun, Neptune was the first planet located through mathematical predictions rather than through regular observations of the sky.
    7. Long considered to be the smallest, coldest, and most distant planet from the Sun, Pluto may also be the largest of a group of objects that orbit in a disk-like zone of beyond the orbit of Neptune called the Kuiper Belt.
  9. Chapter 10: Meteoroids

  10. Chapter 11: Comets

    Throughout history, people have been both awed and alarmed by comets, stars with "long hair" that appeared in the sky unannounced and unpredictably.
  11. Chapter 12: The Stars

    A star is a huge, shining ball in space that produces a tremendous amount of light and other forms of energy.
  12. Chapter 12: Kuiper Belt

    The Kuiper (pronounced Ki-Per) Belt is often called our solar system's 'final frontier.' This diskshaped region of icy debris is about 12 to 15 billion kilometers (7.5 billion to 9.3 billion miles) from our Sun.
  13. Chapter 13: Beyond Our Solar System

    In 1991, the nine worlds of our own solar system were the only known planets.

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