Small Business Matters: Does astronomy matter?

I can locate the big dipper, the stars of Orion’s belt (I think), and yeah, I’m totally confident about locating the moon. But that about sums up my knowledge of astronomy. Maybe I’m a freak of astronomic ignorance, but then again, maybe I share something of the public’s unawareness of what goes on up in the sky and what motivates the people who study those things.