Radiation astronomy/Astronomy

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This ultraviolet-wavelength image mosaic, taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), shows a comet-like "tail" stretching 13 light years across space. Credit: NASA.

A nomy (Latin nomia) is a "system of laws governing or [the] sum of knowledge regarding a (specified) field."[1] Nomology is the "science of physical and logical laws."[1]

When any effort to acquire a system of laws or knowledge focusing on an astr, aster, or astro, that is, any natural body in the sky especially at night,[1] succeeds even in its smallest measurement, astronomy is the name of the effort and the result.

Many of the terms and concepts of astronomy have been introduced to most students at or by a secondary level. Astronomical theory and fundamentals are worked on during courses at the university undergraduate level. Ultimately, this learning resource engages the student with the state of the art. Enjoy the challenge!

This learning resource serves both as an introduction to the field of astronomy and to connect together observational and theoretical astronomy.

Students interested in a course setting may enjoy introduction to astronomy or principles of radiation astronomy of which this resource is a part.

Hypotheses[edit | edit source]

  1. Observers have been watching the skies and recording what they saw for more than 40,000 years.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Philip B. Gove, ed (1963). Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary. Springfield, Massachusetts: G. & C. Merriam Company. pp. 1221. 

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • James Binney, Michael Merrifield (1998). Galactic Astronomy. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0691004021. OCLC 39108765. 
  • Kaufmann, W. J. (1994). Universe. W H Freeman. ISBN 0-7167-2379-4. 
  • Smith, E.V.P.; Jacobs, K.C.; Zeilik, M.; Gregory, S.A. (1997). Introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics. Thomson Learning. ISBN 0-03-006228-4. 

External links[edit | edit source]

The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System

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