Sun May 20, 2018 8:35 pm
Sun May 20, 2018 9:32 pm
PengraigStarGazer wrote:I'm a new person to this forum business. I've joined because where I live in rural Wales, I have great dark skies, when they aren't obscured by our damp climate!
I'm not a very accomplished astronomer, I have some large WW2 naval binos, which do provide some startlingly good results. My main reason for joining this site is to ask questions, find out where to look (I do have a few almanacs - so try to spot things when I can!), and most importantly LEARN.
I'm really interested in stellar navigation, and also learning about ancient astronomy, particularly what was understood and studied in pre-written history, but don't worry, I pretty much have a rational, scientifically based mind and education.
My 1st question is: Having watched the excellent "Sky at Night" programme, this month, about the ESA Gaia Mission, and watched the fantstic graphics that havew been produced, is tjhere a downloadable model/map where the user can move in/out of the local area of our galaxy, showing the relative positions/colours/names/sizes of the stars? It was wondefdul to see in such detail and vividity, I'd like to know if there's something out there that can be "played with" and as an educational tool?
Once again, hello to everyone & I look forwards to some lively discussions.
Sun May 20, 2018 11:12 pm
Tue May 22, 2018 11:41 pm
For thousands of years before the telescope was invented Astronomy was studied although more closely aligned with astrology.