Looking up at the stars and wondering what’s out there has been a hobby and a lifestyle choice for countless amateurs and workers alike who care about discovering the stars, new planets, and even extraterrestrial life.
However, for those who have no desire or interest looking at what’s out there professionally, how would a study of space and the science behind it get started?
Astronomy has some benefits for the common man, most of them all stimulating for the imagination and a little imagination can help connect the world of astronomy to common things that can be done at home.
Works of Art and Literature
Star Wars, Star Trek, Stellaris, and Dune are only some of the pieces of film, literature, and videogames that have come out of the science-fiction genre and none of it would be possible without the real scientific work that inspired those creators to look up at the stars and plot their own course.
Most of the tropes and commonalities of science fiction, such as exploration and interstellar warfare, are well known and entrenched in the genre because of the modern work that is currently being done in the U.S and around the globe.
Science fiction is exciting, and because of the excitement, it can be linked easily back to the common sciences. Who doesn’t want to hear about moon exploration or how starships are built after seeing it in a movie or in a game?
Places to see the stars
Observatories and planetariums allow for people and children to come and see the night sky and the wonders of the universe, and many of them do shows for both schools and the public. Both places are educational and allow for the public to experience space and the world above them.
These places can answer questions and provide understanding that goes beyond a classroom or a simple lecture, and the events at an observatory or a planetarium will be remembered long after the classroom lesson fades.
The events in the field of astronomy are well covered by the media, with newspapers and journalists documenting the discoveries almost as fast as they are made. News conferences and press releases are popular media events, and there are magazines that focus solely on astronomy.
Reporting on events both large and small as well as on the controversies and unanswered questions that fill the industry on a regular basis is a popular topic for news outlets. This ensures that astronomy and its advances are never far from the public’s mind.
With astronomy being so prevalent in the world and reaching us from so many places and having an impact on many more, the ways to see and hear about all the information in the industry are better now can ever before.
Finding one of these places to get involved and become an amateur astronomer to make discoveries is easier than one might think, so get involved and start to make a mark on the cosmos around us.