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Definition of "astronomy" []

  • The scientific study of matter in outer space, especially the positions, dimensions, distribution, motion, composition, energy, and evolution of celestial bodies and phenomena. (noun)
  • A system of knowledge or beliefs about celestial phenomena: the various astronomies of ancient civilizations. (noun)
  • The scientific study of the individual celestial bodies (excluding the earth) and of the universe as a whole. Its various branches include astrometry, astrodynamics, cosmology, and astrophysics (noun)

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Use "astronomy" in a sentence
  • "Shortly after Joe Haldeman received a Bachelor of Science degree in astronomy from the University of Maryland, he was drafted into the army where he served (and received a Purple Heart medal) as a combat engineer in Vietnam."
  • "As a result, my trying to keep up with what's going on in astronomy is largely an internet affair."
  • "Your duties will consist of instructing others in that new science which you call astronomy and in applying it for the welfare of humanity."