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
Prime Meridian

An imaginary line on the surface of a planet from which longitude is measured. On Earth, the line passes through the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, England.

Hadron

A class of subatomic particle that includes mesons and baryons. A hadron is defined as a particle that interacts via the strong force.

Faculae

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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