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

An occultation is when a celestial body passes in front of another. So if the Moon passes in front of Saturn or a star it is known as a lunar occultation.


Meaning star like. For example you might hear someone say that a celestial object is “stellar in appearance”.


An advanced material used by the Stardust spacecraft to capture small particles of cometary dust. It is 99.8 per cent air and was effective at slowing down the cometary particles gently so that they weren’t damaged.

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