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Serious, amateur astronomers head to French Camp

Serious and amateur astronomers from all around the United States will be heading to the Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium in French Camp this week. Full story

Smallest Full Moon of 2011 Occurs Tuesday

In my more than 40 years as an amateur astronomer, I've given countless numbers of people views of a variety of celestial objects through telescopes.  And most people usually will tell me that the first object in the sky that attracted their attention as youngsters was the ever-changing moon. Full story

Lunar Delight: Bright Moon Dazzles Weekend Skywatchers

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — While the annual Draconid meteor shower peaked Saturday (Oct. 8), the moon stole the night sky show for some amateur astronomers over the weekend. Full story

The night sky in 37,440 exposures

Nick Risinger has always gazed up at the sky. But last year the amateur astronomer and photographer quit his day job as a Seattle marketing director and lugged six synchronized cameras about 60,000 miles to capture an image of the entire night sky. Full story

Advancing the Frontiers of Amateur Astronomy

My latest shoot for the BBC's The One Show took me to the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London. Full story

Tour universe with virtual Worldwide Telescope

Hey, amateur astronomers: good news! A vast array of astronomical data is now just a mouse click away, thanks to a new online interactive astronomy visualization software program from Microsoft Research called the  Worldwide Telescope (WWT). Full story

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