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Astronomy is one of the oldest, most popular branches of science. Unlike practitioners of medicine and alchemy, ancient astronomers needed little more than parchment and their eyes to examine the heavens and keep track of what they saw. For modern practitioners, gaining astronomical knowledge is essential to appreciating the universe and contributing to the study of cosmology. Use the sites below to learn about the history of astronomy.
- The Internet is a great place to start astronomy research but for advanced research, visit your local library, museum or astronomy research facility.
- Beware of sites posted by novices with outdated or incorrect information. As a general rule, the quality of a site (for example, organization and design) mirrors the quality of its information.
- Educational television networks like PBS and the Discovery Channel have made many excellent documentaries and lectures available on DVD. Most can be purchased through the network's site or on Amazon.com. Some may also be available at your local library.
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