You’re Never Too Old To Get Into Astronomy

You’re Never Too Old To Get Into Astronomy

You’re participating in one of history’s oldest traditions if you’re interested in Astronomy. So even if you have moved in your middle age and think its too late to learn a new hobby, think again!

In human history and almost certainly in prehistory, the cosmos has been depicted extensively.

From the Greeks to the Chinese to the Mayans, the night sky gave meaning to their lives.

There have been many paths that have led to this yearning for the stars, from the mystical to the scientific, from creation stories to moon landings.

Images in the sky have been used to organize calendars, foundational stories, and rituals for thousands of years.

Has the Bayeux Tapestry ever caught your eye? One of the earliest historical references to Halley’s Comet is a reddish brown comet (in reality, it probably would have appeared white).

Normans believed the comet spelled the end of the English king’s reign after his invasion across the Channel in 1066.

A long time ago (and even before), the Mayans organized their cyclical calendar based on what they observed in the sky.

History can be studied by studying astronomy.

Moreover, looking up literally takes you back in time. The speed of light is not instantaneous, but it is fast.

Approximately 1,080 million kilometres per hour, light travels at 671 million miles per hour.

Many stars can be seen through sophisticated telescopes millions of light years away from us, which means that when you look at them, you are looking at them a million years ago.

The light emitted millennia ago by some of the stars in our night sky still travels through space even though they are dead.

It is very natural to be interested in astronomy, but it can also seem somewhat intimidating at first.

  • I’m not an expert in science, what should I do?
  • Can I still use a telescope if I cannot afford one?
  • Does light pollution affect me if I live in a city with a lot of it?

Despite these factors, you should still be able to learn about the universe around us and enjoy our stars.

In addition to teaching you about the universe around us, this hobby can also teach you about yourself.

We are curious about the universe and want to understand it, which is why we are drawn to astronomy.

In order to examine the stars, we must also examine ourselves in order to discover a little more about what it is to be human.

What motivates us? Our actions are motivated by what? Stars serve as a grounding for the stories we tell. Symbolizing our goals with stars is important to us.

Through astronomy, you can immerse yourself in both internal and external investigation.

Learn how to get started with Astronomy for Beginners.

In addition to basic equipment, we’ll discuss potential stargazing locations and activities. Firstly, let us tell you why this ancient human hobby is so fascinating.

Observe the sky

This may sound simple, but it isn’t. All of this is important, but it’s the most important part.

The most important aspect of this whole process is simply having a curious nature. A thirst for beauty, for mystery that drives you to seek out new experiences.

It is not necessary to buy lots of expensive, fancy gadgets. To begin with, you only need your eyes.

Place yourself high up, where the air is thinner and starlight is less obstructed.

In addition, the moon remains visible regardless of ambient light pollution.

In places with lots of light, you can still learn about the sky’s patterns by studying the moon and its cycles.

Reduce light pollution by choosing an area with fewer lights

The majority of people now live in or near cities, where the lights are on almost 24 hours a day. Consider incorporating stargazing into your camping or hiking activities.

If not, then consider camping! Together, they make a very good pair.

You will see more stars the further you are from cities and towns.

You will be able to see the sky more clearly when you leave the lights behind.

Night skies can be seen even if you’re not that far from the nearest light source.

Find a place 20 or 30 miles from the nearest city and you’ll be fine.

Search the internet for local, state, and national parks near you. For finding a nice, dark spot to view the stars, those are your best choices.

Sunwatch (safely)

Avoid looking directly at the sun because it will damage your eyes, but learn its patterns. Solstices and equinoxes are important to know.

Discover why and how the sun rises and sets at different times of the year at different places on the horizon.

Find out why the sun does not set during the north Alaskan summer and why it does not rise during the north Alaskan winter.

Similarly to the moon, the sun is a great starting point for astronomy since it does not cost anything to learn.

Remember, though, to wear glasses with solar viewing filters to protect your eyes!

You should now move on to more distant stars once you have learned about our local star.

Hope that gave you some pointers, So whatever age you are, 50’s or over, you can still get into astronomy and maybe find an interest which really captivates you!

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  • Stephen

    Stephen is now retired. He spent 25 years in community welfare and is one of the co-founders of life over 50. He has a keen interest in everything concerning this special age group.....and makes valuable contributions to the site. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, cycling and gardening. Also a keen jazz music lover!

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