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Monday, 1 April 2013

A is for Astronomy

(During the month of April we are participating in an A-Z challenge hosted by Arlee)


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Astronomy is "the scientific study of the stars and planets and their movements."

I have always been fascinated with astronomy. It was not something I was ever taught deeply at school but it has been a pleasure teaching myself, particularly through the early pages of my atlas - " a book of maps."

In Malaysia, satellite television is called 'Astro', a term which literally means "of the stars; relating to outer space." As much as I love learning of our universe, I have never warmed to the idea of being an astronaut - "a crew member of a spacecraft" - I'm doing just fine with my view of space from the earth!

Michio Kaku is a physicist who deals with astronomy and has presented a very compelling lesson on the universe in a nutshell. If you have the time, I advise you to listen to this:



If only they could have taught these complex matters so simply at high school!



Are we alone in the universe?

7 comments:

Barbara said...

Great to see you take part in another A-Z this year :) Nice post and video. Good Luck with the rest of the alphabet!

Rebeccah Giltrow said...

I studied astronomy at high school and absolutely loved it. Unfortunately I've forgotten most of the constellations, apart from Orion, Cassiopeia, and the Ursas!

The Armchair Squid said...

Astronomy is fascinating - a fine choice for A.

Shell Flower said...

I also studied Astronomy in high school. We were lucky to have a planetarium. I like your A-Z topic. Have fun with the challenge!

Jagoda said...

I too enjoyed astronomy in college. When I lived in California, my husband and I regularly visited an observatory open to the public to look at the night sky. So cool!
A fellow A to Z-er.
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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

So that's what you teach now? Very impressive!

kelworthfiles said...

I love astronomy, though I remember having a bad time with an astronomy professor in University. I didn't feel like I could actually discuss the material with him beyond his pat answers, so I dropped the course because I didn't want a guy like that marking my tests, sigh. Maybe I should have stuck it out.