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Astronomy Australia 101

Useful things you should know about Astronomy

OZScopes has always believed in being much more than just a telescope shop. Unlike regular astronomy shops, only interested in selling telescopes, OZScopes has a firm belief in being deeply involved with the Astronomy Australia community. We love to provide additional educational resources to help Astronomers get the most out of their 'space adventures'. So for those of you budding astronomers, here is a brief background into the world of Astronomy.

Astronomy is the scientific study of celestial objects (such as stars, planets and galaxies) that originate in "space" or the area outside of Earth's atmosphere. The field of study covers the evolution, physics, chemistry, meteorology, and motion of celestial objects, as well as the formation and development of the universe.

You probably wont find many sciences older than Astronomy with many records showing early civilizations actively performed methodical observations of the night sky. Despite early enthusiasm for space, little exploration was done until the telescope was invented. Once the telescope arrived astronomy rapidly evolved into a modern science.

The good news for newcomers is that Astronomy is one of those unique sciences that actively involves the Amateur Astronomer. "Backyard Astronomers", as they are commonly called, usually contribute to the discovery and observation of transient Phenomena (observable space occurrences).

Astronomy Image of the Crab Nebula

Getting started in astronomy has become incredibly easy with great support from astronomy shops and societies. Dedicated experts have a treasure chest of knowledge for choosing the right telescope and astronomy supplies to get started. The vast array of astronomy equipment is easily navigated using these experts and other online telescope guides.

The world of astronomy has never been more accessible and its popularity is growing rapidly. During the 62nd General Assembly of the UN, 2009 was declared to be the International Year of Astronomy (IYA). Numerous events all across the globe have been celebrating the IYA, raising awareness of astronomy and attracting newcomers to the science. So what are you waiting for? Go on and get started on your space adventure!

International Year of Astronomy 2009