If you aren’t happy with seeing your child in front of the television again or playing on computers, then perhaps you should consider buying them a telescope.
1. Buying your child a telescope will help improve their schoolwork. The very nature of astronomy is inextricably linked to mathematics and physics. Your child will be able to explore the universe and see the point of these school subjects that they may have previously felt were dry or simply irrelevant to their life. This should improve not only understanding, but encourage motivation.
2. Stargazing can help encourage their curiosity and imagination . Just when you think children will never stop asking questions, they do. Whether it is age or boredom or a lack of stimulation, you can encourage and maintain a curiosity about the world through gazing at the stars, and this curiosity will inform other aspects of their learning too.
3. Astronomy will boost their confidence. How? By being trusted with their own piece of equipment – and an unusual one at that – and taking care of it, assembling and disassembling their astronomical telescope as required. Also through learning about something mysterious and complex, and by having to spend time alone or with one other person. All of these factors will develop a child’s self esteem.
4. It can help create closer family relationships. Standing in the garden on a cold clear night and staring at shooting stars or a previously unseen planet are incredible experiences to share. Sharing a hobby is a great way to get closer to your child and beats staring at the TV.
On a clear night with a bright full moon, no one could blame you for wanting to make a living out of gazing into the sky at planets and the odd shooting star.
But how easy is it to make a career out of stargazing? And do you really need complicated equipment like astronomical telescopes?
There are several skills and personality traits that a professional astronomer needs. The first is – perhaps obviously – excellent observational skills. The second is a meticulous eye for detail, in order to correctly and methodically record all date and observations. An analytical mind to help understand results and formulate theories is a must, and so is an aptitude for solitude. Being able to stay up late probably wouldn’t go amiss either!
Early study in the sciences, English and mathematics will provide a good intellectual grounding for the work involved in being an astronomer, while further study in astronomy (especially at research level) should help with getting that dream job.
Experience of visiting planetariums, observatories and museums will also help you learn about the nature of astronomy, while proving your commitment to potential employers.
Finally, it may be painful to accept but an expensive, potentially delicate piece of equipment such as astronomical telescopes are a vital tool for any serious astronomers. Those clear starlit nights may be few and far between, making your astronomical telescopes completely essential.
Astronomical scopes are your key to making a career out of astronomy if that is where you are aiming for. If you are only looking to experience astronomy as a hobby, then astronomical telescopes will be the key to your enjoyment.
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