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What do you learn in Astronomy?
May 8, 2022

What do you learn in Astronomy?

Astronomy is not a subject many parents are eager to teach to their kids on their own, so when I offered to teach Astronomy classes in our local homeschool co-op, many parents were excited. Over the years, I’ve taught a class for high schoolers, another one for 3rd and 4th graders, and this coming year I’ll be teaching 7th-9th graders. It has been very rewarding…

UVA Astronomy Building
March 3, 2022

UVA Astronomy Building

That is the term astronomers use to describe the first time starlight enters a new telescope or other astronomical instrument. It essentially means “all is well” (though perhaps with a little more tweaking by its designers), and the instrument can begin making meaningful scientific observations. University of Virginia astronomers achieved that milestone recently…

Astronomy PHD programs
June 23, 2019

Astronomy PHD programs

The objective of our PhD program is to prepare students for careers in astronomical research and university-level education. To accomplish this, we emphasize: Acquisition of a broad knowledge of astronomy and familiarity with both observational and theoretical techniques; Exposure to a variety of advanced and specialized topics in modern astronomy; Extensive…

Best way to learn Astronomy
January 12, 2015

Best way to learn Astronomy

The International Space Station crosses our skies on a regular basis. Many of us would love to spend time on this early starship as it circles the Earth and studies all that is above and below. But for most of us, all we can do is occasionally watch as it streaks across the sky. But wait a minute? Why settle for a streaking glimmer like just another satellite…