Mauna Kea in Hawaii is one of the world's premier observatory sites. Pictured is the W. M. Keck Observatory, an optical interferometer.

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to astronomy:

Astronomy – studies the universe beyond Earth, including its formation and development, and the evolution, physics, chemistry, meteorology, and motion of celestial objects (such as galaxies, planets, etc.) and phenomena that originate outside the atmosphere of Earth (such as the cosmic background radiation).

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Nature of astronomyEdit

Astronomy can be described as all the following:

Branches of astronomyEdit

History of astronomyEdit

Basic astronomical phenomenaEdit

Astronomical objectsEdit

Astronomical object

Solar SystemEdit

The SunMercuryVenusThe MoonEarthMarsPhobos and DeimosCeresThe main asteroid beltJupiterMoons of JupiterRings of JupiterSaturnMoons of SaturnRings of SaturnUranusMoons of UranusRings of UranusNeptuneMoons of NeptuneRings of NeptunePlutoMoons of PlutoHaumeaMoons of HaumeaMakemakeS/2015 (136472) 1The Kuiper BeltErisDysnomiaThe Scattered DiscThe Hills CloudThe Oort Cloud 

SunEdit

PlanetsEdit

Small Solar System bodiesEdit

Extrasolar planetsEdit

  • Extrasolar planet – planet outside the Solar System. A total of 899 such planets (in 698 planetary systems, including 133 multiple planetary systems) have been identified as of 27 June 2013.

Stars and stellar objectsEdit

StarsEdit

Variable starsEdit

SupernovaeEdit

Black holesEdit

 
Artist's representation of a black hole.

ConstellationsEdit

The 88 modern constellationsEdit

Constellation historyEdit

The 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy after 150 ADEdit
The 41 additional constellations added in the 16th and 17th centuriesEdit
Obsolete constellations including Ptolemy's Argo NavisEdit

Clusters and nebulaeEdit

GalaxiesEdit

CosmologyEdit

Space explorationEdit

See: Outline of space exploration

OrganizationsEdit

Public sector space agenciesEdit

Space agencies

AfricaEdit
North AfricaEdit
Sub-SaharanEdit
AmericasEdit
North AmericaEdit
South AmericaEdit
AsiaEdit
East AsiaEdit
Southeast AsiaEdit
South AsiaEdit
Southwest AsiaEdit
Central AsiaEdit
EuropeEdit
OceaniaEdit
WorldEdit

1 Preceded by the Soviet space program

Books and publicationsEdit

AstronomersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "astrophysics". Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Retrieved 2011-05-22.

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