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

Constellations that the Sun, Moon and major planets appear to pass through as the Earth moves along its orbit.


Another term for a minor planet – the official name for asteroids, as used by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).


In astronomy, this term is used to describe any element that is not hydrogen or helium.

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