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

A point in space and time where gravity (amongst other things) becomes infinite and the laws of physics break down.


The brightness of an astronomical body. The lower the number the brighter it is. Magnitudes brighter than 0 are represented with a negative number.


The point of closest approach for an object in orbit around the Earth.

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