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Why Is Astronomy Important

Astronomy In Everyday Life

Throughout history humans have looked to the sky to navigate the vast oceans, to decide when to plant their crops and to answer questions of where we came from and how we got here. It is a discipline that opens our eyes, gives context to our place...

Science Of Astronomy

Astronomy is the science of space beyond Earth’s atmosphere. The name is derived from the Greek root for star, and for arrangement or law. Astronomy is concerned with celestial objects and phenomena – like stars, planets, comets and galaxies – as ...

The Impact Of Astronomy

During my Presidency of the Royal Astronomical Society I've had to deal with several different issues related to the impact of astronomy: the tensions between the scientific, societal and economic worth of what we do are the focus of this Presiden...

What Is Astronomy? Definition & History

Astronomy is the study of the sun, moon, stars, planets and other objects and phenomena in space. It has a long, rich history.

What Is The Importance Of Astronomy?

The Earth is a spec of dust on the astronomical scale - it can be wiped out by a great number of cosmic events, most of which we can do nothing about. The biosphere is a fragile system, humanity - even more so. Even if the cosmos doesn't kill us -...

Why Is Astronomy Important?

For a long time astronomers and other scientists believed that the importance of their work was evident to society. But in these difficult days of financial austerity, even the most obvious benefits of science have to undergo careful scrutiny.

Astronomy And The Modern World

When you mention the word "astronomy" to many, they would immediately think of our Moon, the stars and/or the planets. Many would even get the term wrong, saying "astrology" instead, a particularly irritating word to many astronomers today; amateu...

Understanding Astronomy Better

Astronomy and related fields are at the forefront of science and technology; answering fundamental questions and driving innovation. Although blue-skies research like astronomy rarely contributes directly with tangible outcomes on a short time sca...

Why Do Astronomy?

The purpose of the VLA, the VLBA and of NRAO is to do fundamental research on the nature of the universe in which we live. This research seeks to answer some of the biggest questions we can ask, such as how did the universe begin (or did it begin)...

10 Reasons To Teach Your Kids 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, a...

Why Study Astronomy?

Astronomy is the oldest of the natural sciences: nearly the earliest records that we find in the annals of China and upon the inscribed "library bricks" of Assyria and Babylon relate to astronomical subjects, such as eclipses and the positions of ...

How Astronomy Benefits Society And Humankind

With an annual cost of $30.8 million, the Keck Observatory costs $53.7 thousand for a single night’s worth of operation. It will cost the James Webb Space Telescope approximately $8.8 billion to reach orbit. And the Space Launch System that will c...

What Are The Benefits Of Studying Astronomy?

The study of the night and day sky has always brought the most amazing facts to the forefront. The observations by the astronomers in the past and contemporary ones have resulted in the observatories being opened for the lay man, whose interest kn...

Amazing Astronomical Discoveries And Why Astronomy Is So Important

Astronomy has come a long way over the past century with discoveries and revelations from Einstein, Hubble, Bohr and other great astronomers, physicist and scientists. Some of the greatest astronomical discoveries of all time include the discovery...

How Do You Think The Hubble Space Telescope Affects The World Today?

For professional astronomy, Hubble is one of the premier facilities for research. Its science impact is immense. However, astronomy is not a science with immediate societal benefit. Our discoveries do not directly change daily life, though our wor...

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Why Is Astronomy Important

Vijay AmarnathVijay Amarnath
Astronomy is a discipline that gives context to our place in the Universe and reshapes how we see the world. Read on to learn more.