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Amateur Astronomers Can Make Significant Contributions

Astronomer Kevin Alton at home in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Alton)
Astronomer Kevin Alton at home in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Alton)

It used to be that “amateur astronomy” meant dragging a telescope into the backyard or up to the roof, gazing at celestial wonders, tracking meteor showers or maybe snapping a photo of the Moon. Major scientific breakthroughs were left to the professionals.

Today, an explosion of publicly-available space data and advanced technology means hobbyists can make significant contributions to the field, all without leaving their den. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Todd Bookman of WHYY reports.

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