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A composite image of Pluto from 11 July shows high-resolution black-and-white LORRI images colorized with Ralph data. Credit: NASA-JHUAPL-SWRI.

Welcome to the Department of Astronomy!

This is a relatively new Department at Wikiversity, and its growth depends on the participation of everyone who seeks to learn about astronomy. The basic philosophy of Wikiversity is to learn by doing. This is reflected in the content of lessons and activities. However, "learning by doing" means more than just reading a lesson and following the directions; hopefully you will participate in the process of creating lessons and sharing your experiences.

To get started try the lesson on Stellar evolution or the activity on Observational astronomy.

For a glimpse of some of the topics that we hope to cover in the future see the Topic:Astronomy/Courses.

If you have any questions about astronomy or requests for topics that you would like to learn, post them to the astronomy help desk.

Please help create learning projects for the the International Year of Astronomy.


The majestic spiral galaxy NGC 4414 was imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope as part of the HST Key Project on the Extragalactic Distance Scale
  • Amateur astronomy - The study and observation of objects in space by non-professionals.
  • Astrobiology - The study of the advent and evolution of biological systems in the universe.
  • Astrochemistry - The detection, occurrence and explanation for atoms, molecules, ions, and compounds in the universe.
  • Astrometry - The study of the position of objects in the sky and their changes of position. Defines the system of coordinates used and the kinematics of objects in our galaxy.
  • Astrophysics - The study of physics of the universe. Indepth discussion of the concepts and objects in the universe to someone who has a basic background in physics and mathematics.
  • Basic astronomy - Basic Description and properties (luminosity, density, temperature, chemical composition) of the universe. Description of astronomical concepts without alot of required background in physics or mathematics.
  • Cosmology - The study of the origin of the universe and its evolution. The study of cosmology is theoretical astrophysics at its largest scale.
  • Extragalactic astronomy - The study of objects (mainly galaxies) outside our galaxy.
  • Galactic astronomy - The study of the structure and components of our galaxy and of other galaxies.
  • Radiation astronomy - Nearly all observationally obtained information in astronomy comes from performing observational astronomy by receiving and analyzing various forms of radiation with telescopes.
  • Stellar astronomy - The study of the stars.
  • Undeveloped Astronomy Departments - These are waiting for your input.


All proposed courses can be found at Topic:Astronomy/Courses

Only Course Material that is well developed is included below; please sign by the course if you are willing to teach or assist someone in learning this material

Research projects[edit]

Creating content[edit]

Get to work writing courses! Simply make a link to the name of the course and start writing!

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See: Wikiversity:Naming conventions

Check the Stars/Courses, you can put a course together that meets your interests!

Department news[edit]





School news[edit]

  • August 17, 2006 - School founded!

Things to do[edit]

Here are some things you can do at this department...

  • Cleanup all astronomy related pages and organize them
  • Link to information about supernova/asteroid online searches
  • Link to data sources
  • Link to amateur astronomers societies (and get amateur astronomers to this page)
  • Load in the astrophysics source code library
  • Create links at Wikipedia to related pages here

Active participants[edit]

The histories of Wikiversity pages indicate who the active participants are. If you are an active participant in this school, you can list your name here (this can help small schools grow and the participants communicate better; for large schools it is not needed).

Are you interested in Astronomy? Would you like to create instruction material and help out with people studying this topic? Then be bold and start doing so! Play around; others will try not to bite. Sign up to be a participant by adding your username to this list, or just start editing Wikiversity anyway.


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{{Astronomy resources}} Know any good resources for scholars of this topic? Add them here!


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