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    Hi my name is Ash, i'm 39 from North Wales. I'm disabled and use a wheelchair. I'm trying to learn astronomy facts from a book im reading by Patrick Moore but I'm having trouble understanding it. At the end of each chapter there's a Things to Remember section where bits of information from that chapter are put into question and answers. The way information that i want to learn is worded is difficult to understand. Is there an easier way of learning astronomy facts please?
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    Hello Ash, would you be able to provide one or two of the questions/ answers so we have an idea of what you are reading?
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    Things to Remember about the moon -

    the moon is much smaller than earth with a diameter of 3,472km (2,158 miles)
    It has only 1/81 of the Earth’s mass, so that its gravitational pull is much weaker.
    We cannot be sure about its origin, but we do know it is roughly the same age as Earth.
    It is possible to observe 59 per cent of the Moon’s surface from Earth.

    The sun's family

    It is now accepted that our solar system is probably not unique.
    The planets are assumed to have condensed out of a cloud of material associated with the youthful Sun, so they are of similar age.
    The different properties of the planets results from their proximity to the Sun. Close to the Sun, the high temperatures drive away the light gases such as hydrogen and helium, and the inner planets were left with only the heavier elements.
    The planets all behave differently.
    All the planets, and all the asteroids, move around the Sun in the same sense as the Earth. However, they do not all rotate in the same manner.
    Venus spins from east to west, while Uranus’ rotational axis is tilted to the perpendicular by more than a right angle.
    The escape velocity of a planet depends upon its mass; thus Jupiter has an escape velocity of 60 km (37 miles) per second, while that of Mercury is only 4 km (2.6 miles) per second.

    Those are just a few but I need facts that are simple and easy to remember rather than getting bogged down with text that i don't understand..
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    Hello Ash.

    Welcome to the forum.

    You are welcome to ask any questions and ask for explanations on things that you do not understand and we will do our best to help you.

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    Hi Ash maybe it would be easier for you to pick an area of Astonomy and learn that, then you can move on to the next area such as the Sun, galaxies, specific star or constellation. You may find you want to learn about Astrophotography or photographing the Sun, much warmer than going outside. There are many facets to Astronomy, think about it and speak to people see how they enjoy it then decide. Instead of just reading have you purchased a decent pair of binoculars to use in conjunction with what you read I.e read about a constellation then find it with the bins, you may also need a good sky app such as SkySafari, (that will cost) but there are a few free ones.

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    Get the book Backyard Astronomy. It is a very easy and understanding book on Astronomy and stargazing.
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    I'm disabled and use a wheelchair, i have a meade etx 90 spotting scope which is on a mini tripod on a table pointing at a window that faces south. The sky is hardly ever clear so i don't get to use the meade. It's too big and heavy to take outside plus the cold weather gets to me. I want to gain my knowledge of astronomy mainly the solar system, how can i learn upto date facts? I want to do indoor astronomy, preferably at the computer but again i don't know what or how? I go onto here but people hardly ever broadcast https://www.nightskiesnetwork.ca/

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    There is a great series on YouTube that I've watched twice over now: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...5yGIyiSFuh0mIL

    Great place to start, series hosted by Phil Plait
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    You want to consider downloading the World Wide Telescope program. It's a great program, with up to date information. You'll be able to view any thing in the skies on the screen using this program.
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    Would you recommend me to learn from this book?
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Patrick-Moo...oore+astronomy

 

 
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