Astronomy: The Show (12-15-2009)

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Astronomy [ə-'strŏ-nə-'mē]
The study of everything in space beyond the Earth's atmosphere.

Humans look up into the sky because it is such a fascinating place. After Galileo's invention of the optical telescope, scientists discovered new planets, moons, stars, and galaxies. And with the invention of new instruments such as infrared and radio telescopes and our ability to launch vehicles and instruments into space, we've discovered amazing new objects such as black holes and supernovae as well as new facts about more familiar objects such as asteroids and comets.

Find out more about this topic by clicking on the buttons on this page. You can watch our broadcast show, Science Trek: The Web Show, and our video shorts in our player. Facts will tell you more about the topic. Links will expand your learning beyond our site. Glossary gives you a list of specialized words. Resources offer reading suggestions. Games give you a chance to play. Top Ten are answers to ten of our favorite questions asked by students. Teachers provides materials for educators. Archive takes you to video files from past shows not on our current player. Contact us by clicking on the link in the masthead to email us questions or comments. Click for the current season’s schedule of programs, learn more about the scientists on this show and be sure to check out my blog.

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