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OASObservatory 1In this module we have talked about how and why celestial objects move in the sky and how that depends on where we are on Earth. We also have discussed some practical aspects of observational astronomy, such as star positions, constellations and about magnitude and the influence of the atmosphere.

After this introduction it might be a good idea to go outside on a clear night and to possibly feel a little bit more comfortable about what you see, knowing how things move and why. Get yourself some star charts and try to find some popular constellations and stars, and try to find the Celestial Pole. Maybe you can also identify some planets and then realise where the ecliptic is.

As a beginner amateur astronomer it is even better to visit the nearest observatory where experienced star gazers can help you to become familiar with the night sky.

Happy star gazing !




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