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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Other Astronomy Departments


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!

Galaxies Gone Wild!.jpg

See: Wikiversity:Naming conventions

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.


Exoplanet Discovery Methods Bar.png

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


See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Mira A is a red giant variable star in the constellation Cetus. This ultraviolet-wavelength image mosaic, taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer, shows a comet-like "tail" stretching 13 Light-years across space



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