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Astronomy: Home Page

A guide for finding Astronomy information.

Getting Started

Welcome to the Astronomy guide!  Use the tabs above to navigate through the different sections of this guide. Related subject guides include:


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How to search for Astronomy Information

The tabs above detail different types of resources listed below:


You can find a good selection of Astronomy books in our book collection. A book can provide detailed background and in-depth historical information about any given topic.

Reference Books

Encyclopedias, atlases, and other resources that are referred to for specific information. Go to these for definitions, shorter explanations, historical and biographical sketches.


Articles from journals, magazines, and major newspapers are among the most current sources of information on astronomy. ACC databases can help connect you to these articles.

Web Sites

The internet can provide a wealth of information, especially from government sources and professional organizations.

Astronomy News

Updates on what is new in astronomy from the web.

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Astronomy Apps

Apps (little software applications) allow you to customize your tablet to do the things you like to do. Some of the apps listed are free, while others are fee-based. Additionally, some apps are initially free, and then require in-app purchases if more features and functionality are desired. Listed, you will find some app recommendations we have come up with through trial, error, and our own experiences.

ACC Library Services does not endorse any fee-based apps nor it is liable for reimbursement of any apps paid for by patrons. Please refer to the Tablet Circulation Policy for further details.

NASA App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
NASA App-Discover the latest images, videos, mission information, news, feature stories, tweets, NASA TV and featured content. (iOS)

SkyView App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
SkyView-Point your iPhone, iPad, or iPod at the sky to identify stars, constellations, satellites, and more. (iOS)

Star Chart App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
Star Chart-Calculates the current location of every star, planet, and moon visible from Earth and shows you precisely where they are, even in broad daylight. (iOS)

Night Sky Lite App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
Night Sky Lite-point your device to the sky to identify stars, planets, constellations and even satellites. (Android

Stellarium Mobile Sky Map App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
Stellarium Mobile Sky Map-Stellarium Mobile Sky Map is a fully-featured planetarium for your phone. It shows a realistic and accurate night sky map. The sensor control will also enable you to identify a star in just a few seconds, just by pointing the phone at the sky. (Android)

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ISS Detector-Track the location of the International Space Station and receive alerts when it will be visible to your naked eye. (Android)

Careers in Astronomy

Summary of Career Info for Astronomers and Physicists from the Occupational Outlook Handbook:

2017 Median Pay $117,220/year
Typical Entry-Level Education

Doctoral or professional degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2014 20,000
Job Outlook, 2014-24 7% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2014-24



What Physicists and Astronomers Do

Physicists and astronomers study the ways in which various forms of matter and energy interact. Theoretical physicists and astronomers may study the nature of time or the origin of the universe. Some physicists design and perform experiments with sophisticated equipment such as particle accelerators, electron microscopes, and lasers.

Work Environment

Physicists and astronomers spend much of their time working in offices, but they also conduct research in laboratories and observatories. Most physicists and astronomers work full time.

How to Become a Physicist or Astronomer

Physicists and astronomers typically need a Ph.D. for jobs in research and academia. However, physicist jobs in the federal government typically require a bachelor’s degree in physics. After receiving a Ph.D. in physics or astronomy, many researchers seeking careers in academia begin in temporary postdoctoral research positions.


The median annual wage for physicists and astronomers was $110,980 in May 2015.

Job Outlook

Employment of physicists and astronomers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Federal government spending for physics and astronomy research is not likely to grow as in past years, and this will dampen the need for physicists and astronomers, especially at colleges and universities and at national laboratories.

State & Area Data

Explore resources for employment and wages by state and area for physicists and astronomers.

Similar Occupations

Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of physicists and astronomers with similar occupations.

More Information, Including Links to O*NET

Learn more about physicists and astronomers by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.

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