"Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another" - Plato
Whether you are a serious amateur astronomer or are just interested in learning about amateur astronomy, StarDude Astronomy's reference guide provides a wide variety of astronomy help and astronomy information. Here you will find a complete Messier object catalog, astronomy software links, a glossary of astronomy terms, information about equipment, and many more references for the amateur astronomy hobby. You can use the menu at below to navigate through this section of the site.
This section of the site also features an astronomy photo gallery. If you have any astronomy-related pictures that you would like us to publish online, please send an e-mail with the picture or pictures and any information you would like to have included and we will consider adding them to the gallery.
Our calendar of celestial events contains one of the most complete listings of upcoming events anywhere on the Internet. Find dates for moon phases, eclipses, meteor showers, planetary events, and more.
Frequently Asked Astro Questions (F.A.A.Q.)
How far away is the Moon? Why is the Sky blue? How old is the universe? This page contains answers to some of the most common questions encountered in the amateur astronomy hobby.
Our Solar System
The Solar System comprises the Sun and the planetary system that orbits it, either directly or indirectly.
The Messier catalog contains a listing of 110 of the most popular deep sky objects. Learn where to find some of the most beautiful star cluster, nebulae, and galaxies in the night sky.
Our glossary of astronomy terms contains definitions for some of the most common words used in astronomy, cosmology, astrophysics, and space exploration.
What is astronomy? Astronomy is a science that studies celestial objects such as the Sun, planets, moons, stars, nebulae & galaxies.