Astronomy is indeed one of the oldest sciences. And even in the age of the Hubble telescope, visual astronomy surely helps a lot in discovering the secrets of this universe.
2009 is declared as the International Year of Asrtonomy. So whenever you get a chance, head out to a dark spot and enjoy the sights of the night sky. Check out your local astronomy clubs. Amature skywatchers are one of the most freindly people you would come across!
For more information on this visit: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html