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Stargazing for Beginners

Samyukta M, Astronomer

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7 Videos (11m)
    • Introduction

    • How to Choose a Good Night

    • Adapting Your Eyes to the Dark

    • Choosing a Stargazing Location

    • What to Look At

    • Project Demonstration

    • Conclusion


About This Class

Astronomy intimidates people - most people think you need to spend lots of money and have serious expertise to take it up as a hobby. If you're curious about the night sky, and you want to start exploring without spending money, you're in the right place. This class will show you how to stargaze with some simple tips and tools. You'll be using readily available technology, and nothing more complicated than a smartphone.

One you've finished, you’ll easily be able to find stars, planets and constellations in the sky. You will also have begun an AstroJournal, where you can keep track of all the things you see!

I've included notes with helpful information throughout the videos, but feel free to ask me any questions you have. Welcome to the class!

6 of 6 students recommendSee All

Great Class! Sam was concise & informative. If I ever go camping again, I'll do everything she said.
Sam made a very concise and useful class. No unnecessary talking. Really informative. I loved all the apps and websites she recommends. A good place to star(t) from!
Lucy Lambriex

Photo & video teacher for the camera shy





Samyukta M


Hi! I'm Sam, and I'm an astronomer. I've been fascinated with the stars since I was a child - I went from passionately devouring astronomy books to taking courses and working on research projects in the field. My move from absorbing theories to going outside and actually stargazing was recent, and I want people to know that it's a very fulfilling hobby. I currently work with an astronomy outreach enterprise in Nairobi, Kenya, and aim to use my free time sharing my newfound skills with as many...

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