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Re: Introductions: How did you become interested in astronomy?

Post by Jeannie » Mon Dec 07, 2020 1:18 pm

Hello everyone.
I haven't ever lived in a dark sky area, so have little opportunity to stargaze seriously. My family didn't have the means for pursuing astronomy as a hobby but I was allowed to watch 'The Sky at Night' in the holidays. It's a British TV programme which has been running for over 50 years and was shown after 11.00pm when I was young. The sheer size and complexity of the universe and the idea of leaving earth fascinated me and I read a great deal of science fiction. It's amazing to remember how much more we know than when I was a child and how much more there is to learn.

My maths isn't up to the standard of being able to qualify to work in the field but I continue to be interested. Comets, transits of the sun, eclipses are possible to view even without clear skies and a telescope. One unforgettable experience was to stand with my daughter and husband in the south of Australia and see a starlit sky as we'd never seen it before. It's sad that there's so much light pollution in the world. I was given the APOD link by a fellow poster on Goodreads and I think of her daily, grateful for the pleasure of seeing the fascinating pictures on the site. Long may it flourish!

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Re: Introductions: How did you become interested in astronomy?

Post by Alanh » Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:37 pm

Hi. Alan H from Henderson Nv via chicago I’ll. On the lakefront in chicago we have the planetarium that we would go to occasionally. Very interesting. Now here in nevada it’s easier to see the stars at night although there is a lot of light polution. Regarding this spiral galaxy I just have to wonder if these things are stationary or does the whole thing spin like a wheel? I am guessing they do spin but also like our solar system things inside them are also spinning. The individual planets spin like ours then the solar system spins. If so would they all spin the same direction CW OR CCW? Just wondering. Thanks.

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Re: Introductions: How did you become interested in astronomy?

Post by Chris Peterson » Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:01 am

Alanh wrote:
Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:37 pm
Hi. Alan H from Henderson Nv via chicago I’ll. On the lakefront in chicago we have the planetarium that we would go to occasionally. Very interesting. Now here in nevada it’s easier to see the stars at night although there is a lot of light polution. Regarding this spiral galaxy I just have to wonder if these things are stationary or does the whole thing spin like a wheel? I am guessing they do spin but also like our solar system things inside them are also spinning. The individual planets spin like ours then the solar system spins. If so would they all spin the same direction CW OR CCW? Just wondering. Thanks.
All of the stars in a galaxy are in their own orbits within the galaxy, and virtually all are orbiting in the same direction in the discs of spiral galaxies. CW and CCW don't mean anything here, because the direction just depends upon which side of the galaxy you're looking from. In elliptical galaxies, and in the central bulge of spiral galaxies, stars are orbiting in more than a single plane, so direction can become harder to define. And regardless of the direction that stars over all are moving in a galaxy, that directionality is largely lost in the orientation, spin direction, and other dynamics of the stars themselves and any planets around them.
Chris

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Re: Introductions: How did you become interested in astronomy?

Post by Oddyann » Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:23 am

I was interested in it in childhood, but then didn`t actually have enough time for it. Now, while the quarantine I decided to learn more.

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Re: Introductions: How did you become interested in astronomy?

Post by JackWhite1 » Tue Oct 05, 2021 12:41 pm

I've had an interest since I've looked at the sky. There was something magic on the sky during the time I've been looking at it. Weird feelings but still remember them to this day.

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Re: Introductions: How did you become interested in astronomy?

Post by Lariliss » Tue Oct 12, 2021 1:46 pm

Hello, Asterisk!

I am pleased to be here for knowledge and experience sharing. Public eye contribution.
Through my education and career I have passed a lot of challenges and projects, gaining more and more mates, friends, mentors and followers. So that to be enriched here as well, I believe.

For me Astronomy started as a view of another world and trying to grasp that we are a part of it from childhood (from being a kid of astronomy passionate professional). Hence, to some extent natural, when you are startled by everything. It doesn’t mean though that I grew up in observatories, laboratories or launch sites.
Now it takes a noticeable part of my life more or less, according to projects that I am involved in as a polytechnic professional.
Literally, in my free time, it might be called a hobby, but not one that is starving for the best photos collection or any specific group membership. Astronomy is a place to go with my arsenal of knowledge to get more, a subject for a good mini-project and team-work sometimes.
My best comparison would be being a lonely fan of a band, but not a member of the majority fan-group, which averages experience.
It is individualized travel. And I like to stand up and get feedback, other points of view or support. Meaningful conversation, which hopefully goes to meaningful results.
Astronomy is intertwined with physics, matter of things, with history, poetry and music (and it is exciting for us to be in the days of technological revolution history).
As for all the deeds it is great to have feedback from a contribution.

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Re: Introductions: How did you become interested in astronomy?

Post by Prometheus » Fri Nov 12, 2021 10:14 pm

To be honest, I can't really remember how I get interested in things. That includes astronomy. I think I just read things about space and started to like it, and develop the interest then (when I was about 9 or 10, I'm 13 now). Last year was when I really got into moons, and I am still like that today.

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Re: Introductions: How did you become interested in astronomy?

Post by danielismeh » Thu Nov 25, 2021 3:09 pm

I'm not actually sure when I started to have an interest in astronomy. When I was, perhaps, 2 years old, I would call all white circular-shaped objects the "moon". When I learned to read, around the age of 3, I took an interest in reading books about space and astronomy. I didn't understand most of the topics, but I still found it to be intriguing. Ever since then, I have always had an interest in physics, astronomy, and other topics regarding the universe. :saturn: