Today I am starting a series of articles on astronomy. This has always been of interest to me and I have finally made the effort to learn more about the night sky. I see this as a wonderful companion to hiking; both take in the great outdoors and both hobbies are reasonably inexpensive to get started in. Invest in a good pair of binoculars and you are all set for either hobby.
I am starting out by learning one constellation or asterism per week. These will be in no particular order, but will probably follow the seasons.
I will not be providing explanations or definitions for astronomical terms. If you want to know what they mean then you will have to research them yourself, just as I have done. And a short note on research. I have found that information regarding interstellar objects is not always consistent from one source to another. So if you find any discrepancies in my”facts” as compared to your “facts” please remember that I am only passing on what I have read.
I hope you enjoy this tour of the night sky. It’s vastness is breathtaking and it’s beauty is unsurpassed.