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Next: Friday, October 4, 2019
Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is an international non-profit scientific and educational organization, founded in , that works to increase understanding and appreciation of astronomy. Learn more and get involved. Formal and informal learning have their pros and cons, but the ASP is at the intersection working to get the best out of both. The ASP provides activities and resources to help better understand and share the wonder of astronomy as the gateway to science literacy.
See Map. Come join us for a presentation from the fundamentals of amateur astronomy. Learn your way around the night sky to add to your observing enjoyment. Meetings are on the second Thursday of each month.
Amateur astronomy is a hobby where participants enjoy observing or imaging celestial objects in the sky using the unaided eye , binoculars , or telescopes. Even though scientific research may not be their primary goal, some amateur astronomers make contributions in doing citizen science , such as by monitoring variable stars ,  double stars  sunspots ,  or occultations of stars by the Moon  or asteroids ,  or by discovering transient astronomical events , such as comets ,  galactic novae  or supernovae in other galaxies. Amateur astronomers do not use the field of astronomy as their primary source of income or support, and usually have no professional degree in astrophysics or advanced academic training in the subject. Most amateurs are hobbyists , while others have a high degree of experience in astronomy and may often assist and work alongside professional astronomers. Amateur astronomers typically view the sky at night, when most celestial objects and astronomical events are visible, but others observe during the daytime by viewing the Sun and solar eclipses.