Getting started in astronomy

Navigating the night sky

When looking up at the heavens, novice stargazers often feel like they are adrift in a sea of stars. There are so many that it is hard to know which way to look. Yet, the night sky is well worth discovering. Armed with a map and a bit of patience, get ready to embark upon a journey across the stars!

Start at the beginning

There are many handy resources for beginners who want to learn more about astronomy:

the eight planets of the Solar System

Photo montage showing the eight planets of the Solar System. (Credit: NASA-JPL)

Tips for observing like a pro

The Andromeda Galaxy

The Andromeda Galaxy is the closes galaxy to our own, the Milky Way. With a pair of binoculars or a small telescope, you can see its spiral arms. (Credit: Robert Saint-Jean)

The open star cluster of the Pleiades

The open star cluster of the Pleiades is visible to the naked eye in the Taurus constellation. The cluster's brightest stars are named after the Seven Sisters in the Greek mythology. (Credit: Robert Saint-Jean)

A few handy online resources

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