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The mantra of believers in extraterrestrial life rings true about astronomy buffs the world over: We are not alone. While staying home with the Zeiss and contemplating the cosmos solo has its charm, plugging into the astro-community and joining an astronomy club or association is the best way to keep up with the latest news, gadgets and gossip. Yes, there is astronomy gossip.
- Most moderate-sized cities have an astronomy club, and large cities often have multiple clubs. If you can't find one using one of the sites in this section, visit your nearest college's Web site and send a brief, polite e-mail to an astronomy professor or two.
- Astronomy clubs, observatories and other groups throw occasional "star parties" where members truck their telescopes away from city lights for optimal viewing. Larger regional parties, such as the McDonald Observatory's annual bash in Texas, are typically held in the summer and attract hundreds of people and guest speakers. Typing "(your city/state) star party" into any major search engine should yield positive results.
- If you're more interested in the theoretical/physics side of astronomy than actual sky gazing, spend some time snooping around the blogosphere. Not surprisingly, people who are interested in dark matter and the "Big Bang vs. Steady State" debate tend to spend a lot of time on their computers.
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