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
White dwarf

A small and dense type of star formed at the end of a star’s life if it has a mass less than the Chandrasekhar limit, which is about 3 x 10^30 kg.

Integrated magnitude

The integrated magnitude is the magnitude of a diffuse object if it were gathered up into a point like source.

Planisphere

A star chart with an overlay that shows you what stars are visible at a specific time, date and latitude.

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