Bored yet? Here’s a solution!

Stars are pretty much always constant, so sometimes you need to spice things up a little bit.  Here are some cool astronomical events that only happen every once in awhile:   Solar Eclipse: After this August, I’m sure everyone in America knows what a solar…

The Dark Sky Issue

I know that I’ve stressed that astronomy can still be done in light polluted areas, but let’s be real- it makes things MUCH harder.  So, here are some things you can do to combat the issue. First, there are 2 types of light pollution: sky…

Its…. Telescope Time!

This is it, the moment we’ve all been waiting for… telescope time!  Every amateur astronomer dreams of having one of their own, and so here’s a handy little guide to getting your first. But before we get there, I want to tell you about binoculars….

Astronomy the Old Fashioned Way

Nowadays, astronomy is synonymous with telescopes.  In the grand scheme of things, though, telescopes are a pretty new instrument.  Galileo first pointed the telescope at the sky in 1609, whereas human beings have been practicing astronomy as long as we’ve been around.  I advise you,…

Backyard Astronomy Step #1: Make Some Friends!

I’ve always loved astronomy, but it took me a long time to do something about it.  I didn’t own a telescope, I only knew two constellations, and I lived in a place so light-polluted that the night sky was grey.  I thought that because of…