Samyukta Manikumar

I’m Sam, a student, a writer and an astronomer.

I’ve always been drawn to the night sky, and fascinated by the scale and scope of our cosmic home. The sky speaks to us in patterns about how we got here, and where we are going.

Understanding our place in the cosmos is an endeavour I strive for from many angles – through science, philosophy, sociocultural impact and direct experience. Amateur astronomy is a way to directly experience this, not through a book, a video or something packaged for the masses, but for yourself, through your own senses.

I catalogue the lessons from my journey into amateur astronomy here. In case you’re on a similar journey, I hope that they help you. They can get technical, and a little daunting, but as with most things in life, the reward is in the doing.