Amateur astronomy

hobby whose participants enjoy watching the sky

Amateur astronomy is a hobby where people look at or photograph objects in the sky using their eyes, binoculars, or telescopes.

Amateur astronomers watch the night sky during the Perseid meteor shower.

They can look at the sky at nighttime and at daytime. Amateurs can join as members of amateur astronomical societies. These societies advise, educate and guide their members. They promote the science of astronomy among the general public.[1]


  1. Motta, M. (2006). "Contributions of Amateur Astronomy to Education". Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers. 35 (1): 257. Bibcode:2006JAVSO..35..257M.