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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. Then you can also join the ranks of other awesome people on the Wall of Awesome Amateur Astronomers! The night sky awaits you! You can get to know the night sky by: visiting your local planetarium. Use only your eyes for now, though.
Like the real universe, the online universe of astronomy information and resources is expanding ever more rapidly. No single list of astronomy- or space-related websites can be percent complete. Looking for an astronomy club, observatory, museum, or planetarium near you? Amateur astronomer Rick Johnson undertook the monumental task of building his own observatory and compiling a catalog of objects he has observed.
This page lists selected sources of reference material, including books, magazines, computer software, web sites, societies and distance-learning courses, for people interested in taking up astronomy as a hobby. It is particularly aimed at UK residents. Astronomy can be a fascinating and rewarding pastime, whether you have a substantial telescope and accessories such as a CCD camera, or are a beginner observing with the naked eye. It is one of the few sciences where amateurs make genuine contributions to research, but many observers simply do it for the excitement of seeing with their own eyes the planets, star clusters, nebulae and so on that are familiar from books.