amateur astronomy

Adventures in (Radio) Amateur Astronomy

by David Dickinson March 28, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter  Is there truly anything new under the Sun? Well, when it comes to amateur astronomy, many observers are branching out beyond the optical. And while it’s true that you can’t carry out infrared or X-ray astronomy from your backyard — or […]

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An Amazing Capture of Jupiter and its Moons

by David Dickinson January 15, 2014

It’s always a thrill to watch the action at Jupiter, as its moons pass in front of and behind the gas giant planet. We wrote recently about this month’s opposition of Jove on January 5th, marking the start of the Jupiter evening viewing season for 2014.  Remove this ad David Dickinson on Google+

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Astronomy Cast Ep. 328: Telescope Making, Part 2: Serious Gear

by Fraser Cain December 30, 2013

Some astronomers are control freaks. It’s not enough to buy a telescope, they want to craft every part of the experience with their own hands. If you’re ready, and willing to get your hands dirty (and covered in glass dust), you can join thousands of amateur telescope makers and build your own telescope from scratch. […]

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Astronomy Cast Ep. 327: Telescope Making, Part 1: Toys and Kits

by Fraser Cain December 23, 2013

Why pick up a low quality, wobbly telescope from the department store when you can craft your own – just like Galileo, and all the great astronomers from history. For a minor investment, you can build a worthy telescope out of spare parts and high quality kits. Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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How Amateur Astronomers Can Help LADEE

by David Dickinson June 27, 2013

You can help NASA’s upcoming lunar mission. NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is slated to lift off from Wallops Island this September 5th in a spectacular night launch. LADEE will be the first mission departing Wallops to venture beyond low Earth orbit. A joint collaboration between NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center & the AMES […]

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