Astronomy is a serious science and a popular hobby all over the world. As with any other hobby there are tons of articles and a lot of information written for enthusiasts, but also to chronicle the happenings in the “professional” arena. Astronomy magazines can be a wealth of information including amazing imagery, and guides to help with home telescope use. Now that these magazines are online, it’s an even better world for amateur astronomers.
A top astronomy magazine in the UK is “Astronomy Now”. It’s been around for 20 years and caters to both hobbyists and the pros. The magazine subscriptions regularly include features on everything to do with the science, and focus articles that go further in depth into a particular subject or aspect of astronomy. Reader images, star charts and book reviews are standard in every issue of this magazine. The web site includes most of this information including a much better presentation of the sky chart than can be delivered in any paper magazine. the clock can be turned to different months, times of months and various magnifications. It’s a real help to anyone with a telescope.
Sky and Telescope is another excellent astronomy magazine. It describes itself as having an astronomy expert at your side. Imagine if Carl Sagan could help you in your nightly gazing. Of course the magazine not only focuses on this important information, but includes stunning imagery of outer space objects and phenomenon. For example Sky and Telescope showed an image of a planet orbiting another star in November of 2008. If these images hold up, it would be the first time astronomers have taken images of a planet in another star system.
It’s likely that the first web site anyone finds when searching for information on Astronomy is that of the world’s best selling astronomy magazine, “Astronomy”. This one has a wealth of information online. It includes the first images ever taken of another solar system. There is also a detailed verbal description of the faraway constellation Cassiopeia. The site also has constant, permanent information such as a guide to the night sky for beginners, tips and information for kids who want to delve into astronomy, equipment guides, and guides to astronomy in an urban sky. It’s a great magazine to have, and a great web site to visit.
Admitting to being cheap, the author admits to sticking to web sites instead of purchasing any astronomy magazine. But online or in print, these are priceless guides.
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