Astronomy for Beginners

New to astronomy? Not sure how to get started in stargazing or which telescope to buy?

Here’s where you’ll find observing guides, how-to articles and great astronomy hints and tips. Don’t forget to check out our comprehensive astronomy dictionary.

Astronomy Dictionary
Quantum theory

This is the study and respective theories on how the Universe is put together on a tiny sub-atomic scale. It’s the dream of many scientists to combine quantum theory with the theories that explain the large scale Universe in one unified theory.

All-sky camera

This has a lens (or element of its design) that enables it to image the majority, if not all, of the sky.


Faculae are brighter, more prominent patches of the solar photosphere (the ‘surface’ of the Sun). They are sometimes an indication of a forming sunspot and show up particularly well through white-light solar filters.

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