Is it worth it for the Amateur Astronomer? Yes!!!Astronomy is one field where amateur have, and still do, make significant contributions.Many Professionals, with all the technology available today, hardly even look at the sky.
What are the areas of study in Astronomy? • Observational Astronomy • Celestial Mechanics • Theoretical Astronomy • Subfields
Observational Astronomy• Optical Astronomy – Can be done by amateurs. Just looking at the sky.• Ultraviolet Astronomy – Looking at sky in the ultraviolet wavelengths• X –Ray Astronomy – Looking at sky be observing x-rays.• Gamma Astronomy – Uses satellites to observe the gamma rays strike the atomosphere.
Celestial MechanicsThis involves working out the paths of the planets and moons to know how everything will travel, and to know where it will be in the future.To send a probe to another planet, we need to know where it will be in the future.
Theoretical AstronomyThis involves figuring out theories to fit the data that the astronomer has.As more data is received, if it does not fit in the present model, the model must be adjusted.
Some Subfields• Study of the Sun• Study of Solar Systems• Study of Galaxies• Study of Black HolesAlmost every part of the skies had a group studying it, and trying to figure out how it works.