Skip to comments.Great Collection of SPACE Links
Posted on 03/09/2005 2:15:07 PM PST by vannrox
ASTRONOMY WEBSITES FOR KIDS
CONSTELLATIONS -- ECLIPSES -- GALAXIES
HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY -- IMAGES -- NASA Sites
OBSERVATION AIDS -- OBSERVATORIES -- ORGANIZATIONS
(Asteroids, Comets, Meteors, Mars, Moon, Pluto, Saturn, Venus, Sun)
An Astronomy Web Index (Astro Web) http://www.cv.nrao.edu/fits/www/astroweb.html
Yahoo's Index of Astronomy Resources
Astronomy Picture of the Day http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/
Adirondack Video Astronomy http://www.astrovid.com/ email: email@example.com -- cameras with manual gain and shutter control. Complete kits are available to attach to the telescope.
Amateur Sky Survey (TASS) http://www.tass-survey.org/tass/tass.shtml TASS hopes to construct low-cost drift-scan cameras and distribute them to sites around the world--to monitor bright objects across a large section of the sky
Amateur Telescope making
Art--Space Art by
Ask an expert: Allexperts Astronomy Q&A Astronomers and other experts answer all your astronomy questions for free!
Astrometry http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/cfa/ps/info/Astrometry.html Guide to Minor Body astronometry
The Astronaut Connection http://www.nauts.com/
Astronomer Search Engine http://star-www.rl.ac.uk/astrolist/astrosearch.html -- find info on professional astronomers...
Astronomical Image Index (searchable) http://www.syz.com/images/ (over 17,000 images linked)
Astronomy Online (European) http://www.eso.org/astronomyonline/ or http://www.algonet.se/~sirius/eaae.htm
Astrophotography (see also CCD Imaging)
Astrophysical data system http://adswww.harvard.edu/; http://adswww.harvard.edu/ads_services.html Abstract Service; Article Service (access to scanned images of full journal articles for the most astronomical journals; Astronomical Catalog; Digital Library of books scanned and put online; data collected by the Einstein X-ray satellite mission; NIST Atomic Spectroscopic Database
Bad Astronomy http://www.badastronomy.com/ misconceptions
Braille--Touch the Universe--NASA Braille book of astronomy by Norine Grice. http://analyzer.depaul.edu/ttu/
CALENDARS -- Astronomical
Celestial sphere -- good explanations of coordinate systems and celestial timekeeping systems.
Chiron Information http://www.vub.ac.be/STER/www.astro/chihp.htm
COMPANIES that sell Astronomy stuff
Cosmology tutorial http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~wright/cosmolog.htm and cosmological calculator http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~wright/CosmoCalc.html
Dark Matter--OGLE http://www.astrouw.edu.pl/index.html
Dark Sky Information -- Light Pollution
Distances to Stars -- directly access the Hipparcos data base and calculate the distance to any of the 100,000 stars it contains. http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/hipparcos.html; Click on I/239; Select Main Catalog to arrive at the VizieR Search Page; Type the name of the star in the Target field then click Submit Query; Scroll right to the PLX field, which is in units of mas (milli arc seconds); Move the decimal point three places left to get seconds of arc; Use the formula d=1/p to calculate the distance (where p is the parallax in seconds of arc, and d is the distance in parsecs, one parsec = 3.26 ly)--Example: For the star Dubhe, the query returns 26.38 mas. So the distance is 1/.02638, or 37.9 pc. Finally, 37.9 pc is equivalent to 124 LY. You can also use a location in the target field. Example: 11:04 +61:45 The declination must have a + or - sign. If you need to pinpoint more accurately, you could use 11:04:43 +61:45:04. Colons may be dropped and replaced by spaces. VizieR doesn't seem to know all the stars. Alkaid, for example, is not found by name.
Double Star magazine/journal: DOUBLE STAR OBSERVER; c/o Ronald C. Tanguay; 306 Reynolds Drive; Saugus, MA 01906-1533; firstname.lastname@example.org
EDUCATION PROGRAMS in Astronomy
Eta Carina -- http://etacar.umn.edu/
FTP list for Astronomy http://seds.lpl.arizona.edu/pub/faq/astroftp.html
Galileo (the person) http://es.rice.edu/ES/humsoc/Galileo/
Gravity map of Earth (animated) http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap030723.html
Hands On Universe http://hou.lbl.gov/ -- education project, remote telescope network, high school curriculum
Hawkings -- PBS show/website on Stephen Hawking http://www.pbs.org/wnet/hawking/html/home.html
Download a free, desktop-publishable quality PDF (Portable Document Format) version of the STEPHEN HAWKINGÕS UNIVERSE Teacher's Guide
HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY
Japanese Astronomy (Steve Reynolds) http://www2.gol.com/users/stever/jastro.html You will find articles in English about Japanese Starlore and Astronomical History as well as significant Activities of Amateur Astronomers in Japan.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory http://www.jpl.nasa.gov Information on JPL programs
Misconceptions in Astronomy: Heavenly Errors http://www.physics.umaine.edu/ncomins/
Music--AstroCappella: A Musical Exploration of the Universe -- http://www.astrocappella.com/
Mysteries of Deep Space (PBS show) http://www.pbs.org/deepspace/ -- Interactive timeline and classroom activities. Also how to purchase the show.
MYTHOLOGY of Constellations
Night Sky Live http://nightskylive.net/ CONCAMs (CONtinuous CAMeras) that are placed around the world with fisheye lenses to watch the entire sky every night. Each camera takes a 180-second exposure every 4 minutes, then relays the data back to nightskylive.net.
NOVA (PBS) Spacewatch http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/nova/spacewatch/
To . . . OBSERVATORIES
To . . . ORGANIZATIONS
Planetary Data Systems http://pds.jpl.nasa.gov -- data from all Solar System exploration missions
PLANETS (Solar System)
Powers of ten, animated in java
Pseudoscience -- Astronomical Pseudo-science: A Skeptic's Resource List -- http://www.aspsky.org/education/pseudobib.html
SEDS (Students for Exploration and Development of Space) http://seds.lpl.arizona.edu (University of Arizona)
Shoemaker, Gene--tribute page for Gene Shoemaker assembled by USGS-Flagstaff at: http://wwwflag.wr.usgs.gov/USGSFlag/Space/Shoemaker/
SIMBAD (Set of Identifications, Measurements, and Bibliography for Astronomical Data) http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/Simbad.html
SkyWatch - Astronomical Alarm Clock -- http://www.sky-watch.com -- Ed Ehrlich email@example.com -- SkyWatch sends its subscribers a daily email message with information on important astronomical events that can be observed from their location. These events include meteor showers, satellite passes and eclipses.
Sloan Digital Sky Survey http://www.sdss.org/ -- (Apache Point Observatory) will map in detail one-quarter of the entire sky, determining the positions and absolute brightnesses of more than 100 million celestial objects. It will also measure the distances to more than a million galaxies and quasars.
Songbook -- Astronomer's Songbook (Jon Bell) http://www.ircc.cc.fl.us/atircc/commout/planetarium/astsongbook.pdf
Space Day http://www.spaceday.com/
Space Environment Center http://www.sec.noaa.gov
Space Shuttle Images http://www.nasm.edu/ceps/RPIF/SSPR.html from National Air and Space Museum (NASM)
Space Station News from MSNBC http://www.msnbc.com/news/spacestat_front.asp
StarDate Online radio script: http://stardate.org/radio/program.php?f=today
Star Descriptions and info on specific stars http://www.astro.uiuc.edu/~kaler/sow/sowlist.html
Star Hustler (now Star Gazer) http://www.jackstargazer.com/ -- Jack Horkheimer
Starfield Background http://sunsite.unc.edu/ips/starback.gif
Stars and Constellations--educational resource by Jim Kaler: http://www.astro.uiuc.edu/~kaler/sow/sow.html. Includes photos of the constellations.
State of Sky -- http://www.wsanford.com/~wsanford/exo/kiosk/index.html -- by Sandburg Center for Sky Awareness -- an online automated "slideshow" presenting a series of sky-related Web pages, featuring the current sky (day & night) as well as some of the sky's greatest hits. About 10 minute slide show.
Students for Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) http://seds.lpl.arizona.edu (University of Arizona) Large quantity of astronomical information and images. Space Images -- Solar-Geophysical data, solar alerts, forcasts, summaries, images
TASS--The Amateur Sky Survey http://www.tass-survey.org/ hopes to construct low-cost drift-scan cameras and distribute them to sites around the world to monitor bright objects across a large section of the sky
Texas Star Party http://www.metronet.com/~tsp/
Universe Today -- Space Exploration News from Around the Internet http://www.universetoday.com/
Outstanding! Many thanks.
How can we SPACE ping this?
..links for Christian.
Does anyone have any experience with MEADE telescopes? They have a bunch ranginG in price from $65 to $65,000 (I WANT ONE OF THOSE!!)
I noticed your link to "The ATM page" goes to a Automated Teller Machines page, not Amateur Telescope Making.
bookmark , and Thanks to the thread poster for compiling this information.
That is TOTALLY AWESOME!!! Thank you so much.
Thanks!!! Ping to my self for later reading
Thanks, the ISS is passing over Reno tonight
SATELLITE LOCAL DURATION MAX ELEV APPROACH DEPARTURE
DATE/TIME (MIN) (DEG) (DEG-DIR) (DEG-DIR)
ISS Wed Mar 09/06:27 PM 4 64 26 above SW 10 aboveENE
Thanks tons for a great collection of astronomy links. Amateur astronomy is a great hobby, these links will be useful.
I have Orion telescopes, but am familiar with Meade. No matter the brand, get as much aperature as possible, of course considering it's intended use (Planets, DSO's, wide-field, etc.). I have two, a Newtonian reflector and a mak-cass design. Look in the $500 to $1400 range for a nice starter scope that will last well into your progression. Price varies widely depending on the mount, Dob being the cheapest, GOTO with GPS the most $, typically. Meade makes nice stuff. You'll probably enjoy the hobby very much. I'm addicted.
WOW...thanks for the links. How long have you been looking into this stuff? Do you participate in the SETI@home experiment?
Check this one out:
Other helpful and useful sites are:
Hardin Optical . . . This is where I eventually purchased my telescope after doing months of research on the web. Hardin is (or was) an Asian company that actually makes telescopes for Orion, one of the standards in amateur astronomy, but at a fraction of the cost of an Orion (and there's no cardboard in them!).
Yahoo SkyQuest Telescopes (Yahoo's Orion Skyquest group)
Anyone got time on their hands? Complete Plans for Building a Dobsonian Telescope
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