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  • The Eclipse Chasers' Community
    A community for Eclipse Chasers, especially people who like to travel to see and observe total eclipses of the Sun. Stories, photographs and information about coming eclipses. Any site containing information or ideas about eclipses will be considered. The community is essentially for scientific sites but all interesting sites will be considered.

  • Amateur Astronomy Societies in the British Isles
    Amateur Astronomy societies based in the British Isles. This includes the Isle of Man, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and the Channel Islands.

  • Astrophysics community
    Astrophysics sites covecommunity astronomy, particle physics to scientific cartoons.If you know enough to think your site belongs, then welcome.

  • A Place for Asteroids and Science Buffs
    If you're looking for anything pertaining to Asteroids like Information and Impact Events, Near Earth Misses and Science Information on Asteroids and the Asteroid belt, then this is the community for you.
     
    Connect with other science buffs and experts for discussions, information and tip swapping and much more.

  • Calling All Astonomers: Meteorites Community
    This Meteorites community is for astronomers and science buffs who want to find all they can to do with meteorites and more. This is your best source for information and much more.
     
    Use this community to find Meteorites and Space Rocks For Sale. We've got lots of Meteorite Facts, Information and Identification. Find out about Meteorite Hunting, Impacts, Prices, Dealers and much more all right here.

  • Dark Matter Community
    This is a community entirely dedicated to Dark Matter. Here you will be able to explor just What is Dark Matter as well as learn more about Dr. Wagner’s research on Dark Matter.
     
    This is a great community for the curious as you can find all you ever wanted to know about Dark Matter, Dark Matter Waves and Dark Matter in Space. Have a browse around and feed your curiosity with us.

  • Astrophotography
    If you enjoy taking pictures of the night sky at any level, please join this community.

  • Looking to the Stars: Astronomy

     

    Astronomy is the realm of our scientific study of the Universe. The very word conjures up in our mind the space, dark galaxies, heavenly planets, stars, milky ways, constellations and black holes. It is the science, which tells us how the Universe was born, probably out of a huge explosion of the inert gases in the outer space (the ‘Big Bang’ theory which we know of as of now…), how the stars are formed and why the planets shine or how the sun and the moon get their lights. This science also tells us what is the distance between earth and the moon, or the sun and the earth, how many planets and moons (or satellites) are there in the Universe, what are asteroids and meteorites or how the stellar activities affects the geographical patterns of the earth and how inter-galactic movements cause catastrophes on the earth or if a large asteroid moving in a galactic orbit would collide with us!

     

    Looking back at history from ancient to modern times we see that the greatest of the greats like Euclid, Galileo, Copernicus all had been the masters of the science of the Universe, which unraveled lot of mysteries of our Science, primarily physics, which lead to pioneering and path breaking discoveries of Newton, Einstein and other luminaries in medieval modern times and thus making human being the most intelligent species on this Universe. Newton’s discovery of Earth’s attraction to all objects or what we call the ‘gravity’, lead to the evolution of the theories which changed the very definition of inter galactic movements, planetary orbits, constellation positions, which subsequently revolutionized the space programs of mankind with geo-stationery orbits and global positioning satellites and the first manned expedition to space and then the historic mission to moon.

     

    Astronomy subsequently lead to another area of scientific study of the Universe with relevance to physics thus making ‘astro-physics’ a subject by itself. It got its relevance from the fact that if laws of physics are applicable to terrestrial objects, then it must be applicable to the stellar objects as we, which are the planets, stars, moons and other moving particles. Till then material physics was two dimensional, with two vertices- x (vertical) and y (horizontal), which soon had another component or vertex added as z(third dimension or space… that’s what we called 3 – dimensional).

     

    Sir, Albert Einstein changed the face of the astro-physics science and revolutionized with his path breaking ‘Theory of Relativity’ which talked about another dimension, which is ‘Time’. This actually made physics looked so simple and applied Newton’s universal “Laws of Motion” on the planetary bodies, where the fourth dimension was provided by the ‘relativity of time’ (from his E=MC2), which showed how the relative speed or movement of planetary objects vary in space- thus leading to the modern day’s technology development of Space Programs.

     

    So there we are today, in 2009, where we are building International Space Station and are dreaming of making human colony on the moon.


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