David in Indiana writes:
How do I make money doing Astronomy from my home?
Well for starters, most professional astronomers have advanced degrees in Astronomy and/or Astrophysics.
There are some amateur astronomers who have since gone on to become successful authors or lecturers.
Like any career it takes a long time to build yourself up to a good level.
One thing you could do is see if your local planetarium is hiring presenters.
It’s a great way to practice your public speaking skills, and keeps you up on your knowledge of the subject.
The pay isn’t too good in most places, but it’s a start.
As for doing Astronomy at home, You’ll need to get a pretty decent setup to do good work,
as well as be in a location pretty far away from light pollution.
There are filters you can use to mitigate the effects but you still lose some incoming light regardless.
A decent telescope and tracking mount can cost you anywhere from about $1000 to millions.
That all being said, I’m certainly not trying to discourage you, far from it!
The more Astronomers, the better, but again, like any career it’s a lot of hard work, skill and a little luck.
From the Sidewalk Astronomers website:
The Sidewalk Astronomers are a public service amateur astronomy association. ALL Sidewalk Astronomers events are for the public. We take telescopes TO the public – on street corners, public parks, in front of bookstores -wherever there are crowds of people. We also work with other amateur astronomy organizations and take part in many international projects. Please browse our site and feel free to contact us to learn about events in your area.
Perseids – Aug 12th, shortly after midnight local time.
The Moon will be a few days past its “new” phase during the shower’s peak, so there will be no moonlight to interfere with the faint meteors. Best viewing is after midnight in your local time zone. This year the “peak” intensity should be around a dozen meteors per hour. Look to the north-east, using the sky map below.
There will also be a spectacular display of our neighboring planets and the moon just after sunset,
with Venus, Saturn, Mars and the crescent Moon visible in the west – all very close to one another.
Grab a lawnchair, some snacks, and make a fun night of it!
Not only is Queen’s Brian May a physicist/Astronomer, he also built his own guitars.
One other “nerd” rocker is Tom Scholz from “Boston” who has an engineering degree from M.I.T and designed the equipment that gives “Boston” it’s distinct sound.
So yes, NERDS ROCK!
Took about three days to arrive from 149597870.691 kilometers (1 A.U) away.
Do the math and post a reply with the speed in Kilometers per hour and Miles per hour.
Here’s some quick math from Susan in Tennessee: