Amateur astronomy is a hobby where participants enjoy observing or imaging celestial objects in the sky using the unaided eyebinocularsor telescopes. Even though scientific research may not be their primary goal, some amateur astronomers make contributions in doing citizen sciencesuch as by monitoring variable stars double stars  sunspots or occultations of stars by the Moon  or asteroids or by discovering transient astronomical eventssuch as comets galactic novae  or supernovae in other galaxies. Amateur astronomers do not use the field of astronomy as their primary source of income or support, and usually have no professional degree in astrophysics or advanced academic training in the subject.
Tourists can visit the summit, but officials suggest stopping at the Visitor's Center, located at 9, feet, before continuing onward both to check weather conditions and acclimate to the elevation. Every night of the year, from pm to pm. Mauna Kea offers stargazing and star tours to visitors, with telescopes available for amateur astronomers.
Travels, amateur projects and introdution lessons. It operates a wide range of public and inhouse educational programs in astronomy. These include lectures, seminars, classes, and starviewing.
Nearly every spot on Earth is, effectively, a planetarium. Wait for the sun to go down, hope for a cloudless sky, and look up. But for the best stargazing, some places are clearly better than others. Stellafane has charm to burn, as was evidenced between August, when amateur stargazers from around the world converged there for the annual Stellafane Star Party.
This gorgeous image of the Large Magellanic Cloud is a wide-field view that's superior to any professional image or mosaic taken of the same region of sky. With a total of hours of observational time, the details and extent of the gas revealed supersedes any professional view of the same entire region of sky. The Large top right and Small lower left Magellanic Clouds are visible in the southern skies, and helped guide Magellan on his famous voyage some years ago.
Track satellites, spot flashes on the Moon, monitor violent stars — learn how amateur astronomers can become involved in professional science. Some academic and citizen-science groups came up with neat initiatives for eclipse day. Join a citizen-science campaign on August 21st to record 90 minutes of the Sun's changing corona.
This guide will introduce you to every aspect of astronomy—the study of our wonderful cosmos—in 10 steps! Each step has a list of things you can do to conquer that topic and a badge you can earn to show you've reached that level of awesomeness! To collect the badge simply prove your knowledge on the topic at hand by completing the assignment, which you can find below the badge.
Amateur astronomy is a fascinating hobby. With advanced and cost effective telescopes and gadgets more and more people are gazing the night sky. Here are 12 of those, who made some of the significant discoveries till date and largely contributed towards astronomy. Image source: wikimedia.
By day, they might work as ministers, musicians and construction managers. But at night, they pull out their telescopes and scan the starry skies searching for cosmic phenomena. And sometimes these amateur astronomers happen upon discoveries that rock the scientific community.