Welcome to The Urban Astronomer, where we understand what it’s like to be trapped in the city and denied the full glory of a properly dark night sky. Here you will find articles on how to set up an observing site to minimise the effects of light pollution, and guides on how to get the most enjoyment from naked eye, or small instrument viewing. There are more detailed articles explaining the science behind common astronomical concepts (from Eclipses to Black Holes). There’s a question and answer section (now with a Short Questions sub-section, for the researcher in a hurry), where I answer reader’s emailed questions with full length articles, and a News and Updates section, where I’ll post short news items, and announcements of updates to the site. There’s even a 2012 section, where I attempt to cut through the fog of doomsday misinformation around the year 2012.
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