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.
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.
- 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
- Principles of radiation astronomy - first offered as a full-semester upper-level undergraduate course for the semester beginning January 6, 2014. --Marshallsumter (discuss • contribs) 20:06, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
- Stellar evolution
- Introduction to the Planets
- Observational astronomy
- Amateur astronomy/Initial experiences
- content is here stargazing
- Learning project: Astronomy Project - students access public astronomy databases and explore outer space.
- Astrophysics Source Code Library = ASCL
- BoomCode - GPL Type II supernova collapse code
- Early telescopes - an original research effort to find and evaluate evidence that telescopes in some form have been in use well before 1609 (391 b2k).
Get to work writing courses! Simply make a link to the name of the course and start writing!
- 3 December 2015 - the new lecture and article about Auroras has been completed. Try it out and take the quiz.
- 1 December 2015 - the new lecture and article about the Sun has been completed. Try it out and take the quiz.
- 16 November 2015 - the new lecture and article Beta particles astronomy has been completed. Try it out and take the quiz.
- 9 October 2015 - the new lecture and article about Nebulas has been completed.
- 6 September 2015 - the new lecture and article Radiation astronomy entities has been completed. Try it out and take the quiz.
- 17 August 2015 - the fall semester of the course principles of radiation astronomy begins.
- 13 May 2015 - the new lecture and article about the planet Saturn has been completed.
- 8 April 2015 - the new lecture and article Background astronomy has been completed. Try it out and take the quiz.
- 6 January 2015 - the second, full-semester of the course principles of radiation astronomy is completed.
- 10 May 2014 - first, full-semester of the course principles of radiation astronomy is completed.
- 28 November 2012 - Sun is a new lecture for the course on solar astronomy
- 14 November 2012 - Stellar active region: a new lecture for the course Principles of radiation astronomy, try it out and take the quiz
- 16 October 2012 - Radiation geography: a new lecture for the course Principles of radiation astronomy, try it out and take the quiz
- 8 October 2012 - Radiation astrochemistry: a new lecture for the course Principles of radiation astronomy, try it out and take the quiz
- 1 October 2012 - Planetary science: a new lecture for the course Principles of radiation astronomy, try it out and take the quiz
- 24 September 2012 - Radiation history: a new lecture for the course Principles of radiation astronomy, try it out and take the quiz
- 17 September 2012 - Radiation astronomy: a new key lecture for the course Principles of radiation astronomy, try it out and take the quiz
- 10 September 2012 - Astronomy: a new lecture for the course Principles of radiation astronomy, try it out and take the quiz
- August 17, 2006 - School founded!
Things to do
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
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).
- User:John Dough
- Muhammad - EEE, IUT, Bangladesh
- Dr Xavier del
- Tarun-Science 15:37, 21 December 2013(GMT) India
- Quinjica18:37, 06 February 2016 (GMT) Angola
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.
Know any good resources for scholars of this topic? Add them here!
- Microlensing targets - exoplanet searches
- Warp Drive, When? - NASA research on Breakthrough Propulsion Physics
- Mars Simulation Project
- NASA Astrobiology Institute
- Journal article database
- Preprints database
- Astrophysics source code library
- Dick McCray's Astronomy Hypertext
- Introduction to General Astronomy - webcast from Berkeley
- Amateur Astronomy - wiki journal
- Google Sky Online
- Help NASA categorize pictures taken of Mars
- 6 July 2015 NASA Satellite Camera Provides “EPIC” View of Earth
- June 2008 Arecibo Joins Global Network to Create 6,000-Mile Telescope
- March 2008 Alpha Centauri May Have Earth-like, Habitable Planets
- September 2007 Scientists model hypothetical extrasolar planets
- April 2007 - Mexico may get its own space agency...
- April 2007 - Researchers find another potentially habitable planet...
- March 2007 - EU plans to explore Mercury.
- March 2007 - New study produces mathematical rules of galaxy formation.
- February 2007 - Astronomers are finally able to analyze the atmosphere of exoplanets