"Astronomy is particularly well suited to the layperson. It is a
wonderful hobby which has almost no age limits, it is open to
individuals of all financial means, and there is always the
potential for an amateur to discover something that has eluded
professional astronomers, or to help monitor stars and track
asteroids. Even with the unaided eye, there is much to study in the
night sky including constellations, shooting stars, planets, and of
course the moon, the Earth's only natural satellite.
"There is a wide variety of free astronomy software available
for Linux that offer real benefits to astronomy enthusiasts. This
category of software lets you map the night sky, plan detailed
observations, control telescopes, present star charts, offer
observing logs, and much more.
"This article focuses on selecting the best free astronomy
software available for Linux. Hopefully, there will be something of
interest here for anyone who wants to study the sky."