A 2000 paper by an Astronomical Society identified two reasons why there are fewer women in amateur astronomy. After family and career obligations "there is neither time nor energy left over for going observing". Also, many astronomy clubs in the woods are cold and lack toilet facilities adsabs.harvard.edu/full/2…
For astronomy, Huygens eyepieces, invented in 1703, are generally the least costly eyepieces on the market and have a narrow field of view. On the other end, the Plossl eyepiece designed in 1860 is a lot more expensive and suited for planet viewing, lunar observing or for deep sky objects wp.optics.arizona.edu/mno…
Channel 37 is an intentionally unused tv channel in the United States, Canada and Mexico and some of Eurasian region because the frequency range is important for radio astronomy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Solar observing in Hydrogen Alpha light is the only branch of amateur astronomy where you can see changes by the minute, rather than hours or days, unlike most astronomical objects. All events happening on the Sun are unique and never will be repeated astroleague.org/content/h…
Nancy Grace Roman: called β€˜The Mother of Hubble’ telescope program. NASA's 1st chief astronomer. She paved the way in taking Hubble Space Telescope from an idea to reality. Her interest to astronomy was sparked because of her walks with her mom who would show her constellation and auroras. solarsystem.nasa.gov/peop…
Astronomer Simon Newcomb declared in 1888 that "We are probably nearing the limit of all we can know about astronomy." This was just before Einstein's theory of general and special relativity, and at a time when the Milky Way was thought to contain all the stars of the entire universe. universetoday.com/tag/cos…
70,000 years ago, a Red Dwarf star passed very close (In astronomy terms) to our Solar System. So close in fact, that it passed through the Solar System's outer shell known as the Oort Cloud and nudged some Comets out of their orbits. It may've been visible to early Humans and Neanderthals. phys.org/news/2018-03-evi…
Today I learned about SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy), a Boeing 747SP modified to carry a 106-inch reflecting telescope. Flying in the stratosphere at 38,000-45,000 feet puts SOFIA above 99 percent of Earth’s infrared-blocking atmosphere. nasa.gov/mission_pages/SO…
Pluto was discovered by a 23 year old farmboy with no degree in astronomy who spent a year comparing photographs of the night sky, searching for a "star" that changed positions. He would later earn his Masters degree and teach at New Mexico State en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plu…
NASA operates a mobile space telescope aboard a retrofitted 747 aircraft in partnership with the German Aerospace Center called SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) wikipedia.org/wiki/Strato…
Today I learned about Saadat Shahr, a small rural community in Iran nicknamed β€˜Astronomy Town’ because of the residents’ passion for stargazing. The town clubbed together to pay for an observatory and on special occasions all the lights are cut to improve the view of the night sky. aljazeera.com/archive/200…
Starting as a graduate student at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii, Scott Sheppard was credited with the discovery of many small moons of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Sheppard discovered a total of 23 minor planets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
Roger Cotes, a young astronomy professor at Cambridge, forced Newton to confront his mistakes in his work, Principia, and corrected many of them for him. Cotes bombarded Newton with letters for years, repeatedly challenging his experimental results as well as his theoretical calculations physicsworld.com/a/from-e…
Today I learned about HERA, a telescope searching for the oldest stars in the universe, from a period known as the Cosmic Dark Ages. And it is built from stuff you could buy at any local hardware store. "This is the beauty of low frequency radio astronomy: one doesn’t need custom, expensive hardware." supercluster.com/editoria…
Work at Bell Labs resulted in 9 Nobel Prizes & 4 Turing Awards. Bell laid the first transoceanic phone cable, mapped dark matter, created radio astronomy, the transistor, laser, solar cell, information theory, Unix, C & C++, error detection, cell phones, optical tweezers, electron lithography. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
An award older than the Nobel Prize the 133-year-old James Craig Watson Medal was recently handed to Professor Lisa Kewley, for her outstanding work in Astronomy. This award is held every two years. nationalgeographic.com.au…
Looking at the sky through a cardboard paper towel tube and through a standard drinking straw is about the same as the difference in the amount of sky seen in ordinary binoculars and a small telescope. Binoculars in astronomy are used for their wider field of view skynews.ca/choosing-binoc…
St. Joseph's Church, Beijing was finished in 1655 by Jesuit missionaries. The land the first church building was constructed on was donated by the Shunzhi Emperor. The Jesuits were the only Europeans given permission to reside in the capital city, on account of their insight into astronomy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
The sphericity of the Earth was established by Greek astronomy in the 3rd century BC, and the earliest terrestrial globe appeared from that period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glo…
Edwin Hubble broke the state record in the high jump, and went on to play basketball for the University of Chicago. He won a Rhodes scholarship and studied law at Oxford. He earned a Ph.D. in astronomy, but practiced law in Kentucky. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Today I learned of the Voynich manuscript. Dated to the 15th century, it consists of 240 pages of text in an unidentified language, and obscure illustrations seemingly related with topics such as astronomy and biology. Despite considerable scientific effort, it remains mostly undeciphered to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voy…
Astronomers Without Borders is dedicated to spreading astronomy throughout the world. AWB organized 100 Hours of Astronomy ran April 2–5, 2009, the goal of which was to get as many people across the world to look through optical telescopes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
If the earth were at the center of a globular cluster of stars, the darkest night would be a strange sort of twilight, making astronomy really difficult. io9.gizmodo.com/what-the-…
Most of the time, magnifications for observations in astronomy are limited to 200x or less, regardless of aperture. This is because the Earth’s atmosphere distorts light as it passes through. The sharpest images will always be achieved at lower magnifications nimax-img.de/Produktdownl…
Before Neil deGrasse Tyson went on The Daily Show, he paid attention to how many sentences Jon Stewart usually allowed before interrupting. He picked up on the kind of phrases Stewart liked to pick up on, which is why he described astronomy using sexually suggestive language. mitadmissions.org/blogs/e…
That, by using astronomy, we have guessed the date that Odysseus took back the throne of Ithaca as described in Homer's 'The Odyssey': April 16th, 1178 B.C. news.nationalgeographic.c…
According to Astronomy Magazine's list of "Seven Wonders of the Solar System", the Earth's greatest wonder is our oceans. worldatlas.com/articles/t…
Bakhtiyar Khilji, the Muslim general destroyed the ancient university and library of Nalanda in 1193 in hopes of uprooting Buddhism. The destruction of the library is considered responsible for the demise of ancient Indian scientific thought in Maths, Astronomy, Alchemy, and Anatomy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nal…
When Scientific American went monthly in 1921, it was published as a journal of β€œpractical information”. Engineering and other applied sciences predominated until after World War II, when attention turned to the natural world (biology) and later to theoretical pursuits (physics, astronomy) scientificamerican.com/ar…
In 1968, an astronomy student, a dental student and a bass player formed a band called 'Smile.' By 1970 the Smile faded, and in 1971 they renamed the band to Queen. queenpedia.com/index.php?…
Today I learned of the Cosmological Axis of Evil, a anomaly where features of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation appear to be aligned with the plane and movement of Earth's orbit. This violates the Copernican principle and since its discovery has remained one of the unsolved problems in astronomy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axi…
Far from holding back science, "The Roman Catholic Church gave more financial aid and support to the study of astronomy for over six centuries, from the recovery of ancient learning during the late Middle Ages into the Enlightenment, than any other, and, probably, all other, institutions." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
A team of experts designed the Galileoscope as a cornerstone project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009. More than 240,000 educational kits are already in use in more than 100 countries and the telescope shows Jupiter and its moons, and Saturn’s rings galileoscope.org/learn-mo…
Flat earth believers use special relativity to explain gravity but reject basic astronomy wiki.tfes.org/Frequently_…
During the Siege of Baghdad, The Grand Library of Baghdad, containing countless precious historical documents and books on subjects from medicine to astronomy, was destroyed along with the House of Wisdom. The Tigris waters ran black with ink from the big quantities of books flung into the river en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
Ancient Babylonians had a sophisticated understanding of astronomy and were even able to track planets such as Jupiter with mathematical precision. nytimes.com/2016/01/29/sc…
One of astronomy's Messier objects is a galaxy named the Sombrero Galaxy due its appearance to the Mexican hat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Som…
Martin Luther said of Copernicus "There is talk of a new astrologer who wants to prove that the earth moves and goes around instead... The fool wants to turn the whole art of astronomy upside-down. However, as Holy Scripture tells us, so did Joshua bid the sun to stand still and not the earth." astronomy.ohio-state.edu/…
The Vatican has its own observatory for the sake of pursuing the science of astronomy vaticanobservatory.va/con…
Today I learned about astronomy's use of "adaptive optics" to enable some ground telescopes to get better images than the Hubble Space Telescope; lasers create fake stars to reveal how the light is deformed it travels through the atmosphere, and deformable mirrors bend to straighten the light when reflected airspacemag.com/space/how…
Researchers working at Bell Labs are credited with the development of radio astronomy, the transistor, the laser, the CCD (image sensor), information theory, the operating system Unix, and the programming languages C and C++. Oh and they've won 8 Nobel Prizes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
Instead of the traditional gifts of a watch and pair of long pants, rocket scientist Wernher Von Braun's mother gave him a telescope for his Lutheran confirmation, sparking his passion for astronomy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wer…
Harlow Shapley, the man who discovered where our sun is in relation to our galaxy, picked astronomy to study as his major because it was the first one he saw in the course catalogue. fromquarkstoquasars.com/h…
The people responsible for Rutherford-Bohr model of atoms, discovery of atomic nucleus, splitting the atom, neutrons, x-ray crystallography, cosmic rays, creation of the Geiger counter, radio astronomy, geomagentism and the first digital computer - all worked at the University of Manchester, UK. manchester.ac.uk/discover…
The Sagan Planet Walk - a 1.2km, 1:5bn scale representation of the solar system in Ithaca, NY - was expanded in 1997 to include Alpha Centauri (the closest neighboring star). It is located at the Imiloa Astronomy Center at the University of Hawaii, making it the world's largest exhibition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
Today I learned that a distinguished professor of physics and astronomy at UNC-Chapel Hill was tricked by someone he met on an online dating site into smuggling 2 kilos of cocaine into Argentina physicsworld.com/cws/arti…
Today I learned of astronomer Thomas See, who "...ended a colorful life with no real accomplishment in astronomy or physics...known for a career dogged by plagiarism, being fired from two observatory staffs, grand egotistical claims, being exiled to an isolated outpost, and his vitriolic attacks on relativity." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Researchers working at Bell Labs are credited with the development of radio astronomy, the transistor, the laser, the CCD, information theory, the operating systems Unix and Plan 9, and the programming languages C, C++, and S. Eight Nobel Prizes have been awarded for work completed at Bell Labs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
Astronomy year measures duration using a year based off the Julian calendar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
The Vatican has an astronomy program and their neighbor's telescope is called 'Lucifer' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vat…

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