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The sofa vs. the sky

Posted 11 years ago by Michael Bakich
Statistics show Astronomy's loyal followers divide along two paths: "Armchair astronomers," who read about astronomy, and hobbyists, who observe. Of course, we want everyone to read about our favorite subject — we're learning so much about the universe that's new and wonderful — but armchair astronomers only read. I find this behavior puzzling.You don't need expensive equipment to observe. Heck, you don't need any equipment at all. Let me give you an exa...

ALConEXPO 2006

Posted 11 years ago by David Eicher
The stars at night were big and bright when the Astronomical League gathered this month in Arlington, Texas. The meeting, dubbed ALConEXPO 2006, was held August 4–5, 2006, and attracted about 150 amateur astronomers who came to hear speakers, talk about the Astronomical League’s activities, enjoy star parties, and marvel at the nearby Oscar Monnig Meteorite Gallery at Texas Christian University. Although it was a small meeting by past standards, the event was packed with energy. The...


Posted 11 years ago by Anonymous
Thank you for visiting our new blog.Here, the staff of Astronomy magazine will share our stories, views, reviews, and anything cool we see in the news. We also will report from star parties and science conferences we attend.Check back as we update this blog....

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