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Written by Walid on Friday, August 01, 2008

Astronomy geeks, this post is for you!

Stargazing is a hobby whose participants enjoy studying celestial objects. It is usually associated with viewing the night sky when most celestial objects and events are visible.

"In January, Venus, the “evening star,” is beginning to emerge low in the southwest after sunset. Each week it’s getting a bit easier to see in the twilight. After darkness falls, the winter constellation Orion strides high in the southeast. Orange Aldebaran, the eye of Taurus, the bull, shines above him. Far below Orion (and perhaps a bit to the left) sparkles brilliant Sirius, the Dog Star. Later in the evening, yellow Saturn rises in the east, with dimmer Regulus beneath it."

Check out this site for your guide of Stargazing!

There is also this great page:
It contains:

  • The Sky Map that shows the entire sky as viewed from a given location at a specified time and date. A stereographic projection is used, as is the convention for printed star maps.
  • Horizon Views, showing the stars above the horizon as seen from a specified observing site at a given date and time. The viewing direction (azimuth) may be set to cardinal points on the compass or arbitrarily by entering a value in degrees.
  • The Virtual Telescope which is a sample virtual telescope image Your Sky's Virtual Telescope is your Humble Soft Telescope of the Web. Controls allow you to set time and date, aiming point, orbital elements to track an asteroid or comet, and a variety of viewing options. You can compose a request with custom settings and save the results in your browser's hotlist or bookmark table, allowing direct access to the virtual telescope with all the controls preset to your own preferences.

Also, check out The 10 brightest stars.

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