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Welcome to Astronomy: Getting Started

If you're just getting started in astronomy, the best thing to do is to first spend some time under the stars with just your eyes and get acquainted with the brighter stars and constellations.

The articles and guides in this section will steer you in the right direction.

Welcome to Astronomy
Sky charts, telescope advice, Moon map and more. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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Skywatcher's Guide to the Moon
How much do you know about the Moon?
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Understanding the Ecliptic and the Zodiac
Of the imaginary coordinate lines that astronomers and navigators use in mapping the sky, perhaps the most important one is the ecliptic.
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The 10 Brightest Stars
Stars come in different colors, sizes, shapes and ages. One trait that makes a star unique is its brightness.
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Tourist Guide to the Milky Way
The Irish novelist George Moore once wrote, "a man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
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Star Party Survival Guide
Guide to how to attend a star party, or do's and dont's of stargazing.
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