Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another. -Plato
Astronomy comes from the greek words “astron” which means star and “nomos” which means the law of. Astronomy is the law of the stars (not to be confused with astrology). Studying the stars has been used for centuries to guide in telling the seasons, navigation of the oceans, and determining our place in the universe. Learning about space helps us find our own place in the universe.
Some of the more recent astronomical observations include discovering the Milky Way, our home galaxy, exists as a separate group of stars. In fact, we only discovered that there were such things as other galaxies in the 20th century!
Since then, however, our knowledge of the universe has expanded as quickly as the big bang (OK, maybe not that fast). Modern astronomy has discovered exciting things such as twin planets, black holes, neutron stars and much much more.