Is this a legitimate word? A skywatcher? As a word meaning a person who observes stars and celestial objects? I want to use something less academic than an astronomer. I googled it but I'm not so sure. I would really appreciate your help.

  • @Karia How do you like "skygazer"? neilenglish.net/becoming-a-stargazer-first-steps – Elian Feb 21 '16 at 8:48
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    Use "stargazer" rather than "skywatcher". – user140086 Feb 21 '16 at 8:48
  • Thank you! The dictionary suggested the word "skywatcher" as a synonym of "astronomer", but I guess it is not generally used. Stargazer will do! Thanks a lot! – Kiara Feb 21 '16 at 9:01
  • Glad I could help. One more thing. The following is the rule of this community. Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered. For help writing a good word or phrase request, see: About single word requests. Please take the tour and visit our help center for additional guidance. – user140086 Feb 21 '16 at 9:22
  • The phrase "watchers of the skies" has been used as the title of a popular history of astronomy book by Willy Ley. However, I think that present-day astronomers spend very little if any time actually looking at the sky. – bof Feb 21 '16 at 12:03

It might be an actual word, but it doesn't convey what you want. The sky is high, but stars are far further.

When I hear 'skywatcher', I'm more inclined to think about weather forecasters, plane spotters, bunny-in-cloud-seers, and so on. And Jedis. Look, Skywatcher!

Others have already mentioned stargazer, which sounds relatively familiar. Perhaps spacegazer if you want to be a bit more broad and include planets, moons, asteroids?

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  • +vote because this is an answer that mentions stargazer – lauir Feb 22 '16 at 5:05

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