Astronomy is a branch of science that deals with the study of celestial objects (including stars, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, meteor showers, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies) and other phenomena.
Astronomy is particularly well suited to the layperson. It’s a wonderful hobby which has almost no age limits, it is open to individuals of all financial means, and there is always the potential for an amateur to discover something that has eluded professional astronomers, or to help monitor stars and track asteroids. Even with the unaided eye, there is much to study in the night sky including constellations, shooting stars, planets, and of course the moon, the Earth’s only natural satellite.
Here’s our recommended free Astronomy software for Windows.
|Celestia||Real-time 3D visualization of space software|
|Stellarium||Amazing virtual planetarium software|
|AstroImageJ||Tool for astronomical image analysis and precise photometry|
|SkyChart||Draw sky charts|
|KStars||Desktop planetarium for KDE|
|Virtual Moon Atlas||Observe and study the moon and its surface|
|Digital Universe||Virtual planetarium software|
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