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
Zodiac

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

Oort Cloud

This is a vast cloud of small icy bodies that envelops the Solar System. It is thought to contain trillions of objects and resides 30 trillion kilometres from the Sun.

Main Belt

The large asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

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