astronomy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n astronomy the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Astronomy A treatise on, or text-book of, the science.
    • Astronomy Astrology. "Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck;
      And yet methinks I have astronomy ."
    • Astronomy The science which treats of the celestial bodies, of their magnitudes, motions, distances, periods of revolution, eclipses, constitution, physical condition, and of the causes of their various phenomena.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n astronomy The science which describes the heavenly bodies and explains their apparent motions, etc. That part of the science which gives a description of the motions, figures, periods of revolution, and other phenomena of the heavenly bodies is called descriptive astronomy; that part which teaches how to observe their motions, figures, periodical revolutions, distances, etc., and how to use the necessary instruments, is called practical astronomy; and that part which explains the causes of their motions, and demonstrates the laws by which those causes operate, is termed physical astronomy.
    • n astronomy Astrological skill.
    • n astronomy Several other branches of the science are recognized: gravitational astronomy or astronomical mechanics, replacing the term physical astronomy, which is now generally discarded because of the danger of confusion with astronomical physics or astrophysics; nautical astronomy, astronomy applied to navigation; sidereal astronomy, the branch of the science which deals with the stars; spheric astronomy, which treats of the apparent position and motions of bodies on the celestial sphere; theoretical astronomy, which deals with the calculation of orbits and perturbations. These various branches interlace in all directions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Astronomy as-tron′om-i the laws or science of the stars or heavenly bodies
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Quotations

  • Plato
    Plato
    “It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other.”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy; the mad daughter of a wise mother.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. astronomie, F. astronomie, L. astronomia, fr. Gr. , fr. astronomer; 'asth`r star + to distribute, regulate. See Star, and Nomad
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. astronomiaastron, star, nomos, a law.

Usage

In literature:

Thought I'd forgotten all the astronomy you ever taught me, didn't you?
"Skylark Three" by Edward Elmer Smith
What chance had Galileo to win renown in physics or astronomy, when his parents compelled him to go to a medical school?
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Euclid was the teacher of Mathematics, and Hipparchus of Alexandria was the father of Astronomy.
"Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine" by James Sands Elliott
I think you'd better elect astronomy.
"When Patty Went to College" by Jean Webster
The dogmas of the mysteries of Mithra were, to a certain extent, the religious expression of Roman physics and astronomy.
"The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism" by Franz Cumont
Astronomy and inflation: and by inflation we mean expansion of the attenuated.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
Bad: Astronomy is where one studies about the stars.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
Rudolph's hobbies were alchemy and astronomy.
"From a Terrace in Prague" by Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
Wright is a speculator whose thoughts are now part of our current astronomy.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
In astronomy, six names are worthy of mention here.
"American Men of Mind" by Burton E. Stevenson
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In poetry:

'Tis a beautiful country to practise economy.
Though the houses out here are not quite waterproof,
But they're illigant houses for studying astronomy —
You can lie on your back and read stars through the roof.
"Paddy's Letter, 1857" by Anonymous Oceania
He could talk on any subject - from the weather and the crops
To astronomy and Euclid, and he never minded stops;
And the lack of a companion didn't lay him on the shelf,
For he'd stand before a looking-glass and argue with himself.
"The Silent Member" by C J Dennis
Merry in sooth! Astronomy was then
Astrology, the chemist's craft again
Was alchemy, and every crone grown old
Died as a witch, and you or I, sad fate!
Had given to fat Mass John our scantiest gold
For his old gown to mask us at heaven's gate!
"Merry England" by William Bell Scott

In news:

His hobbies included creative writing, being an avid reader of all things pertaining to the human condition and a deep interest in astronomy.
Women on the frontier Many of Einstein 's intellectual successors are women, tackling fields ranging from string theory to cosmic-ray astronomy.
To 950 A.D.) were high achievers in writing, architecture, mathematics and astronomy.
I enjoy star gazing on clear nights year round, and reading about anything relative to astronomy or outer space and YES even UFO's.
Dr Ken Croswell, astronomer from Berkeley, talking about the latest in astronomy.
"The general benefit is to better understand how spiral galaxies form," said Seth, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Utah.
Hobbs State Park–Conservation will host an astronomy workshop at 6 pm Friday.
This year, the world is celebrating the International Year of Astronomy as it commemorates the 400th anniversary of Galileo 's use of a telescope to study the skies.
The play questions faith and conformity and challenges many of Galileo 's choices, which influenced the future of astronomy.
In 2005, Marquette University established the George Coyne lecture series on Astronomy and Astrophysics and each year invites a distinguished speaker to campus to deliver a talk.
Hobbs State Park–Conservation will host an astronomy workshop at 6 pm Friday.
Paul Frampton, a professor of physics and astronomy, was accused of trying to smuggle 2 kilograms of cocaine out of Argentina and will await trial at the home of a friend.
Armstrong, who has long been interested in astronomy, had a lofty goal as a child.
Helped inspire my love of astronomy.
The room will also serve as laboratory space for astronomy courses.
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In science:

IRAF is written and supported by the IRAF programming group at the National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO) in Tucson, Arizona.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
Box 1100, FIN-02015 HUT, Finland †Dept. of Physics and Astronomy and Center for Fundamental Materials Research, Michigan State Univ., E.
A periodic elastic medium in which periodicity is relevant
The JCMT is operated by the Joint Astronomy Centre on behalf of the PPARC, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, and the National Research Council of Canada.
HCN in the inner envelope of {chi} Cygni
The long term future of high z astronomy at submillimeter wave length lies with interferometric observation with further gain in sensitivity and angular resolution which will make it possible study single protogalactic structures at high z.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
Whittet, D. (1992), Dust in the galactic enviroment, In The Graduate Series in Astronomy, Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing, Bristol.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
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