Whether you?re just interested in what?s going on, or you?re doing some research the links coupled with this thread should help you on your way.
This thread will be updated whenever new sites are suggested or found, so check back frequently. If you find a broken link, please do let me
Russian Aviation and Space Agency
China National Space Agency
Canadian Space Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
News Sources; online and off
- Articles on just about anything related to astronomy and space exploration.
Sky and Telescope
- Homepage of the premier astronomy magazine. Just about everything you need here from
articles to instructions how to observe to an online astronomy store.
- Homepage of another magazine. Contains lots of good articles and a very informative "Intro to
Science & Technology at Scientific American
- Homepage for the leading scientific journal. Includes articles on
astronomy and space science, as well as articles on pretty much every other avenue of science.
- The motto says it all; "Space news as it happens."
- "News and information about the Sun-Earth environment."
Telescopes, Satellites, and Rovers! Oh my!
Big Bear Solar Observatory
- All about the telescope plus daily images of the Sun as seen from Earth.
GOES Solar X-Ray Imager
- Images of the Sun updated every minute.
The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)
- All about the telescope and tons of SOHO images.
The Large Angle and Spectrometric Coronagraph Experiment (LASCO)
- All about LASCO plus images.
The Hubble Space Telescope Project
- All about the HST plus images.
National Radio Astronomy Observatory: Very Large Array
- Everything you could ever want to know about this array
- Information on the dish for anyone from the general public to scientific users.
The Parkes Observatory
- The Australian observatory that played an important role in the Apollo
- Information on and images from the joint NASA/ESA mission to Saturn.
Mars Exploration Rover Mission
- The online home of Opportunity and Spirit.
Mars Global Surveyor
- Information on and images from the MGS
Mercury Surface, Space Enviroment, Geochemistry, and Ranging Probe (MESSENGER)
- Information on the
mission to learn more about Mercury.
Spitzer Space Telescope
"The Spitzer Space Telescope is a space-borne, cryogenically-cooled infrared
observatory capable of studying objects ranging from our Solar System to the distant reaches of the Universe. Spitzer is the final element in NASA's
Great Observatories Program."
GRACE: Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment
- Using an array of information, the GRACE
satellites will be used to examine the gravity field of the Earth.
Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking
- NEAT is comprised of two 1.2 meter telescopes, with one located at the Palomar
Obervatory and the other at the Maui Space Survailance Site. The purpose is to find near Earth asteroids and comets. Updated infequently.
The LINEAR Project
- The Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) Project is tasked with the goal to
demonstrate the application of technology originally developed for the surveillance of earth orbiting satellites, to the problem of detecting and
cataloging near Earth asteroids.
Nordic Optical Telescope
- Founded in 1984 with the purpose of operating a Nordic Telescope for observations at
optical and infrared wavelengths. Thanks to E_T
for this one.
The European Southern Observatory
- An intergovernmental organisation for astronomical research. It has eleven member
countries. ESO operates astronomical observatories in Chile and has its headquarters in Garching, near Munich, Germany. Thanks to E_T
High Altitude Observatory
- Dedicated to studying the Sun and the effects it has on Earth's upper atmosphere.
The Institute for Solar Physics
(English version) - Home of the Swedish Solar Telescope, the most advanced
groundbased optical telescope. For some great
pictures of the Sun, take a look here.
Kitt Peak National Observatory
- "Supports the most diverse collection of astronomical observatories on Earth for
nighttime optical and infrared astronomy and daytime study of the Sun."
The James Webb Space Telescope
- Home of the JWST, which is an infrared space telescope scheduled to be put into
service in August, 2011.
University of Chicago: Yerkes Observatory
- Yerkes Observatory houses the world's largest refracting
telescope, which is over 100 years old.
- A very good, basic level resource for both students and educators.
Curious About Astronomy? Ask an Astronomer
- An FAQ with answers to just about any question about facet
of astronomy you could think of.
- Descriptions of how different types of craters form and examples of each
from around the Solar System.
Views of the Solar System
- Information about and images of just about everything contained in
the Solar System.
Dr. Odenwald's Ask The Astronomer Resource
- Another FAQ with answers to just about any
question about facet of astronomy you could think of.
Phil Plait?s Bad Astronomy
- Debunking of several hoaxes and theories. Also contains information on additional
- Information about and images of just about
International Occultation Timing Association Main Table of Contents
- For the best way
to view an asteroid visit this site. It gives predictions for occultations of stars by hundreds of asteroids.
- Track satellites, the Space Shuttle, and the ISS. Register to see what's above your head
NOVA Elegant Universe Program
- The 3-hour long NOVA miniseries on string theory broken
down into 24 10-minutes or less parts. Available in QuickTime and RealVideo.
Earth Impact Effects Program
- "An easy-to-use, interactive web site for estimating the regional
environmental consequences of an impact on Earth."
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)
- A great site for students and researchers alike. Here
you can find interactive maps of the sky, and enlightening information on all the Messier objects, as well as many NGC objects.
SEDS Messier Database
Space Telescope Science Institute Astronomy Resources
- They bring the cosmos to Earth. Thanks to
for this one.
- Sponsored by the Space Telescope Science Institute, here you can find a plethera of information
regarding the HST.
- Probably the most comprehensive Lunar Atlases on the internet.
How Stuff Works "Space Channel"
- Have a question about something do do with astronomy?
There's a pretty good chance you can find the answer here (plus it'll be easy to understand.)
- A short, easy to read description of what parallax
isand a nifty JAVA applet to demononstrate. You need a JAVA enabled browser for this one.
The Catalouge of Comet Discoveries Homepage
- Information on comets discovered since 1990. Very
The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia
- Information on extarsolar planets. (English version)
NASA Eclipse Homepage
- NASA's resource for anything about eclipses.
- Pretty much anything and everything you could want to know about neutron stars,
and then a little more. Very well done.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Space Environment Center
- "The official source of space weather
Alerts, warnings, and forecasts."
Astronomy Discussion Pages
- Discussion board dedicated to amateur astronomers.
- Listen to the radio signals from such things as Sputnik, black holes, quasars, to the clouds
of Jupiter. Some of these are quite creepy sounding.
The Universe in Powers of 10
- "View the Milky Way at 10 million light
years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree just outside the
buildings of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf into a
microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and
The American Association of Amateur Astronomers
Astronomy Picture of the Day
The Clear Sky Clock Homepage
- An attempt to show when within the enxt 48 hours there may be clear/dark skies
to do some observing. Very comprehensive and covers from Canada, the United States, some parts of Mexico, and the Bahamas. Thanks to UofCinLA
for this one.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific: NGC Images
- NASA's Image Access Homepage. Thanks to E_T
for this one.
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