Acronyms & Initialisms (NASA)
Adventures in Astronomy
Aerospace Navigator, The
Although it's short on exposition, this site is long on space sites,
including literally hundreds with very interesting information:
vivid satellite pictures and NASA videos, features on air and space centers,
various shuttles, much more. It also lists a plethera of research organizations as links.
All About Space (Enchanted Learning)
Amateur Telescope Making (ATM) Page, The
This is an excellent Amateur Telescope Making (ATM) site with design and crafting information, books
and vendors, a terrific gallery of telescope pictures and descriptions, and lots of great ATM links.
Amateur Telescope Making
Historical information, ATM resources, and links to other ATM sites are found in this worthwhile
site, produced by the Tallahassee Astronomical Society.
Amateur Telescope Making Journal, The
"A perfect blend of telescopic fun and scientific knowledge,"
ATM Journal offers something for everyone from the novice to the expert maker of telescopes.
Selected articles from current and past issues of this quarterly publication are found here
along with subscription information, endorsements, and links.
American Association of Variable Star Observers, The
AAVSO has compiled 7.5 million observations of variable stars (those that change in brightness)
since its founding in 1911. They coordinate, evaluate, and make data available to researchers.
There's more information here on variables than most of us knew existed.
American Astronomical Society, The
AAS is the major professional organization for astronomers and others interested in astronomy.
Offered here: education, history, membership and meeting information, job register, astronomy links,
and The Astrophysical Journal online.
American Meteor Society, The
This site offers up-to-date information on asteroids and comets.
There are some wonderful pictures of Hale-Bopp, among others. It's worth the visit just to see them!
Archeoastronomy, Astronomy, Space, Skylore [512+ Books/Texts,
J.P. van de Giessen]
Archimedes Institute, The
So what are the legal issues of outer space? The Archimedes Institute wants "to facilitate the development of sensible and efficient legal standards for the high frontier." This site combines a surprisingly large library of law documents, international agreements, legislation, reports, and aerospace resources with a forum for discussing space law and policy. Interesting.
Ask The Astronomer
Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers
- ALPO provides information and related links on the sun, moon, and planets, as well as information relating to their organization.
'Great Balls of Fire',
Tracking Rogue Rocks from Outer Space
(Big Hits, Craters -
Related Web Links -
Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT)
[JPL Links: Telescopes,
NEAT discoveries, Near Earth Objects (NEO) Links, Lists, Observation Data])
Asteroids, Comets, Death, and Extincion
- Astrobiology News Magazine
Asteroid and Comet Impact Hazards
Could a giant asteroid smash into the earth and render life now as extinct as the dinosaurs? This NASA-sponsored site explores that question.
AstroWeb Astronomical Internet Resources +
Also Indices of: WWW, Gopher, WAIS, TelNet, FTP, News Groups,
Sorted by Category ,
Full Listing of Worldwide HTML pages (extensive) ,
NRAO Version, Category List [Space Telescope Science Institute,
(National Aeronautics & Space Administration)
(Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc.)]
Astrobiology, Planet Tours, SETI, terraforming, UFOs, General Astronomy (PBS)
The Astronomy Education Resources page of the University of Washington has many annotated
links to astronomy sources in a number of categories. We found the history section especially useful,
with references to many interesting links not found on other astronomy sites
This page has lots of news articles about astronomical phenomena. For each area (astronomy,
space flight, research, meteorology, etc.) there are pictures, animations, software, and organization links.
Astronomer Online, The
This magazine is published for the advanced amateur astronomer and tries to include all observations of astronomical interest as soon as possible after they are made. Pictures, links, and "what to do if you think you have made a discovery." Great pictures of Comet Hale-Bopp and a plan to help you find it.
astronomical photographs, tips for astrophotography and digital enhancement, and a list of related links make up this interesting site produced by a professional photographer.
Astronomical Images Archive (U. Pennsylvania)
An extensive and eternal work in progress, with many, many images. The site also includes a
search engine and an index.
Astronomical League, The
Provides information about the League: finding one near you, joining, the National Young
Astronomer Award, and other help for the amateur astronomer. Also suggests potential clubs,
magazines, and educational opportunities for those interested and gives a list of other astronomical sites.
Astronomical Resources on the Web
(Williams College Department of Astronomy,
Professor Pasachoff and faculty)
Latest information on
on-going research, unsolved mysteries and continuing space flights.
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Part of the WWW Virtual Library,
this page offers more than 75 astronomy links under the Library's Educational Resources category.
Astronomy and Astrophysics & AstroWeb
A database organized by the AstroWeb Consortium and offered
in conjunction with the WWW Virtual Library, this site contains
a number of categories of astronomy-related links, updated daily.
This site tells you everything you want to know about JPL programs,
NASA, comet observation, and more. Included is information on
further astronomical web sites, and great software.
- Astronomy calculators & time aids:
Adjust astronomy calculators to your location
Astronomy for Kids
(color skymaps, planets, stars, puzzles, links)
Astronomy Magazine (astronomy.com)
Astronomy Magazine (kalmbach.com)
The online version of the world's largest English-language astronomy magazine includes select
full text articles as well as news and links to a number of resources for amateur and budding
astronomers. It also has a nice "beginner's guide."
Astronomy Now On-Line
This is an excellent British astronomy magazine, this month's issue described and last month's online.
Astronomy Online and SMAS
The Smoky Mountain Astronomical Society of Knoxville offers club,
satellite, and planet information of interest to Tennessee stargazers,
and also includes categorized links and a Deep Sky Online section
with articles, charts, pictures, and how-to information.
Astrophotography in the southern hemisphere. (Australia)
(Celestial photos of galaxies & star clusters not available to most Northern areas.
[ Brad Moore's southern-astro.com ] Plus links to astronomy related sites, telescope, accessories,
star guides, supplies, & manufacturers.)
AstroWeb: Astronomical Internet Resources
This site is updated frequently and has its links
verified daily. It tells of relevent resources available
on the internet, categorizes most recent changes, and
lists STScl and NRAO versions.
Basics of Space Flight Learners' Workbook
The Workbook was originally used for training mission controllers at NASA,
but was later declassified, and is a great teaching tool for physics and astronomy.
It's broken down into chapters that cover the solar system, earth and its reference systems,
gravitation and mechanics, interplanetary trajectories, planetary orbits and electromagnetic phenomena.
Contains experiments and can be downloaded and printed.
Big Bear Solar Observatory
Black Holes and Mysteries of the Cosmos
Or...Everything You Always Wanted to Know
About Black Holes and Mysteries of the Cosmos But Were Afraid to Ask.
This is a very technical site focused on the science and mystery of black holes,
with commentary from Stephen Hawking and others. It also contains
movies of black holes colliding.
Channel # Astronomy
This is a web-based science lesson for grades 5-9. Complete with teacher and student sections
and lesson plans, this is a study of galaxies, using the Hubble system of classifying galaxies to study
the way scientists classify objects in nature. Well presented.
Anything you wanted to know about Comet 1996 B2 (Hyakutake), brightest comet in the sky
Comet Observation Home Page
Lots of information and pictures of Comet Hale-Bopp,
as well as predictions of its future brightness and performance.
Comet definitions and ephemerides for current visually observable
comets are also included, along with a number of comet images
not available elsewhere on the Net. Very current!
Comets past and present and a history of the space missions we have used to study
them comprise this informative site.
Comets and Meteor Showers
This site attempts to assist the observer by providing accurate positions of currently visible comets,
as well as observations, photographs, and on-line star charts. Also includes an extensive glossary.
Comets, Latest Pictures of
Cool Cosmos: Classroom, Games, Images, Kids, Videos
en Español (Español / Spanish)
(link source: SBC Blue Web'n)
The Constellations and Their Stars
What are constellations anyway? This site offers a definition, plus statistics, history,
and mythology for all 88 constellations and the named stars in them. You'll also find information
on Messier objects, Milky Way photos, and interactive star charts.
The Cosmic Mystery Tour
This is a really entertaining multimedia guide to the cosmos, starting with the Big Bang
and containing Quicktime and MPG movies, sound files, and fascinating text. The opening page
features a short film of Michael Norman, National Center for Supercomputing Applications/University
Cosmology Websites List 1of2-
'The Cosmos is Coming'
(article/links by Leander Kahnev, 17Apr00)
Cyberhole Online Astronomy
Cyberhole offers great reports on a number of astronomy topics, parts of two astronomy magazines,
an almanac and weather information, lists of astronomy links in various categories, and more.
The cosmos is the subject of this ambitious site, and the creators present a lot of information well.
You can read about space exploration, our solar system, what lies beyond, and astronomical news,
or you can ask a question of a professional astronomer or even take a 3D walk through the
Cyberspace Museum of Natural History and Exploration Technology, The
This content rich and well designed page is a little slow to load in some spots, but it's
absolutely worth it. Extensive online exhibits are abundant here; some are permanent and others
change monthly, similar to an IRL museum.
DAUF Home Page
"Frequent updates and up-to-the-minute finder charts for upcoming events in the sky"
are the purpose of the Degenhardt Amateur User Facility home page. Lots of nuts and bolts
information for sky watchers.
Dave's Astronomy Magazine
Updated monthly by an amateur astronomer in the UK, this site offers reviews of telescopes,
cameras, and star charts, plus techniques and tips for using them, and "what to see this month."
There's an image gallery and an extensive list of annotated astronomy links.
Deep Space, Picture of the Day
The APOD archive contains the largest collection of annotated astronomical
images on the internet. Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry
Bonnell (USRA) NASA Technical Rep.: Jay Norris. A service of:
LHEA at NASA/GSFC &: Michigan Tech. U.
Deep Space, Pictures of the Day, Educational Resources
School Students, Astronomy Study, Teachers,
Classroom Projects, On-Line: Ask Experts, Lectures, Teaching Aids
Deep Space Network
some free astronomy, planetarium, space, stars, planets, comets,
asteroids, satellite-tracking programs, & screen saver downloads
Google's Earth4 with Sky features ,
Download Google Earth with Sky
a short video demonstration
[ Source: Google turns Google Earth into a telescope ,
an article posted at ZDNet's blog site by Garett Rogers, 22Aug07 ]
( [A] Major Difference Between Google and Stellarium
(Posted by: owades on ZDNet, 08/23/07) ,
"As I read Stellarium's home-page description of features,
it appears that this program creates a "theoretical" view of the sky,
based on star-chart information. It knows about positions, magnitudes,
and so forth, and even adds fake "twinkle," but what you see
is generated images rather than photographs.
Google's new product uses actual images from telescopes.
While the results may look similar, this is a real difference
-- and a real advantage to Google. )
News & Notes about Google Earth
(Posted by Lior Ron, [Google] Product Manager, We.22Aug07)
Homeplanet from Fourmi Labs (from 4713 B.C. into the distant future)
Stellarium ( planetarium, info/download )
( Quote, "Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer.
It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye,
binoculars or a telescope. It is being used in planetarium projectors.
Just set your coordinates and go." ) (Linux, Mac or Windows)
World Wind from NASA ,
download World Wind
Earth at Night, Lights/Population (NASA, 27Nov00)
Earth Impact, Meteorites & Comets -
This site simulates a fly-by of Earth
by playing back a series of photos in rapid succession.
It also features a searchable online database of over 20,000 images taken in space.
Exobiology, 'Life Beyond Earth' (PBS) (write a message to aliens)
Exobiology, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) (U.C.Berkeley)
Exobiology, SETI free download/analyze radio telescope data, experiment
Exobiology, SETI Game, test your skills at searching for alien signals
If you're looking for more astronomy sites, or have students who are, this is the place for you!
This is a huge reference set up like virtual library shelves using a modified Dewey system.
You can do word or category searches and quickly find what you need.
Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia
Here you will find a very comprehensive, up-to-date resource on extrasolar planetary systems.
The systems are cataloged for your convenience. Also available: a bibliography, information on meetings,
the latest news, and links. Available in English and French.
FAQ for sci.astro
Clickable charts that allow you to view different star patterns according to where you are
in the world. Also includes images and a planet finder.
Galaxy Catalog, The
Princeton University has compiled a searchable (or browsable) database of over 100 galaxies.
A fascinating site with lots of great information.
The Galaxy Page
Information on astronomical events, our solar system, the latest in space programs, and more.
Lots of links to other astronomy-related sites.
The Great Canadian Hairy Star Party
Comet news, plus great tips for novice comet viewers make this ScienceWeb site a good one.
Hubble [beautiful] Views from Space (11Aug03, before controversial/scheduled abandonment)
Hubble Telescope -
Math/Science, Grants -
K-12 Classroom Activities
Play with the building blocks of the universe, galaxies, in Galaxies
Teacher's Page (NASA Edu*Space)
Hubble Space Telescope, Best of The
Hubble Space Telescope's Greatest Hits, 1990-1995, The
A huge stock of images from the Hubble Telescope, with descriptive text for each.
A very interesting and informative site which helps users see what
the infamous telescope is really doing up there in the skies.
Information Center for New Star Gazers
This is a comprehensive source for the newly interested astronomer,
including everything from where and how to look to "Star Party Etiquette."
Infrared IPAC’s Educational Outreach
IPAC, the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at CalTech, offers a wealth
of information here on Infrared light and Infrared Astronomy. Included are historical information,
definitions and links, recent discoveries, a gallery, activities, Infrared images, and much more.
Information Center for New Star Gazers
Inquirer's Guide to the Universe, An
Because inquiring minds want to know. (Sorry, we couldn't resist.)
This site contains an excellent collection of science fact and science fiction, making it a joy to explore.
Teachers are encouraged to share ideas for using the Guide in the classroom.
International Occultation Timing Association HomePage, The
The International Occulation Timing Association's page
offers the most up-to-date information pertaining
to the observation of occultations and eclipses.
International Space Station
A joint, multinational space station
is in the planning stages, and you can get all the latest
information and plans on this site. Everything from blueprints
to pictures are included here. Don't miss the FAQ, either.
International Supernovae Network
If you’re interested in Supernovae, this site’s for you! You can view the latest discoveries, check out charts and search programs, review amateur contributions, or read about helpful software, books, and related sites.
Jack Horkheimer: Space Gazer
Jeff MacQuarrie's Astronomy Images
This actually is a collection of linked pages with Astrophotography, CCD Images,
Aurora photos, plus an excellent collection of annotated astronomy links.
The images are wonderful and the exposition is excellent: nebulae, galaxies,
star clusters, comets, and don't miss the Northern Lights shots from Alaska!
Life Sciences Data Archive
This site poses and answers a number of fascinating questions, like
"can a spider build a web in zero gravity?" It's a massive space flight data resource
you can spend hours exploring, and it has a challenging "Just for Kids" section.
- Map Muse
- Astronomy clubs map
Mars 2004 - NASA's M2K4: Roaming the Red Planet
(Why?, Mer Rovers, Challenges, Multimedia, Explore Mars, Mars Trivia)
Mars 2030 Millenium Project (classroom, K-12, projects)
Marte En Español
This is the ambitious project of the American School in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The plan is to design and simulate a Mars Mission, and an impressive amount of work
has already been done and documented here. You can learn about the mechanics,
read the chats with space experts, and take part in planning sessions.
Mars Exploration &
Live Web Camera &
Latest Mars Images/Photos (NASA)
Mars Exploration Rovers Website
Mars Facts, Maps, Globes, Links
Mars P2K M-Team (Interactive Live to Mars for students & teachers)
P2K "Kids Corner"
Mars Watch, The 'Red Planet',
4th from the Sun (photos, news, facts, atmosphere)
Mars, Classroom Activities for
Kids Learning Games &
Mars, Live from
This "electronic field trip" includes mission news,
a photo gallery, and more from the Mars Global Surveyor
and Mars Pathfinder missions. This is an excellent resource
for educators, with a teacher's lounge and a kid's corner.
- Mars Closest to Earth
On Wednesday the 27th of August 2003, the planet
Mars was closer to Earth than it has been since 60,000 years ago when the Neanderthal Man last walked on Earth!
The closest approach
officially took place minutes before 6 a.m. EDT.
The nearest terrestrial place to Mars at that time was Tahiti,
according to astronomers. But just about anywhere with dark skies is a good place for an observation party.
Interactive Mars Knowledge Online Test.
Mars will remain a stunning nighttime attraction for weeks.
Most sky watchers can see the planet, presently in the constellation Aquarius,
in the southeastern sky soon after sunset,
high overhead during the midnight hours
and in the southwestern sky before sunrise.
Mars..reached the position of closest proximity to Earth, at 9:51 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time.
The phenomenon hasn't occurred
since Neanderthals lived and won't be repeated until Aug. 28, 2287.
Mars Explorer for the Armchair Astronaut - PDS
Mars moves in for some quality viewing time.
Visit the JPL Mars site for viewing tips and more
Red Planet Closest to Earth in 59,619 Years!
What we know about Mars.
Messier Galaxy Gallery, The
'Meteorite & Impacts'
(Canadian Space Agency) [english/french, links, free screensaver]
Meteorite Exchange, The
A visit to Meteor Crater in Arizona, a search engine, and 10 other categories
of meteor information make this a comprehensive meteor site.
Microsoft's "Worldwide Telescope"
NASA's (Langley Research Center) Office of Education
Fellowships, summer programs, coursework help, and television broadcasts that are available to you as a student, educator, or visitors
- For Educators (K-12, Post-Secondary)
- Distance Learning
- K3-K5 The NASA SCIence Files
- K4-K8 NASA Connect
(Each program includes: Lesson, Classroom Experiment, and a
Web based, online interactive component)
- Adults Decision Tomorrow
- K3-12 Kids' Corner
- Aeronautics and Space Resources for Educators
- NASA CORE - Central Operation of Resources for Educators
- NASA Education Home Page
- NASA TV (television)
- NASA Quest - Internet in the Classroom
- For Students
- Distance Learning (K-16)
- Information Guide to Research and Education Programs
NASA's Mars Exploration Program Site (JPL)
Mars for Educators
- Mars classroom resources K4-12
- educational materials
- education programs
NASA - National Aeronautics & Space Administration
NASA en Español
Contact, Comments, Questions
An overall directory of information and resources about the U.S. space agency
and its programs. A very content-rich and informative site, and a great place to go when you're bored!
NASA for Kids
(games, art, stories, activities, news)
NASA for K-4
for Media & Press
(homework help, internet, multimedia, contact NASA)
NASA Quest Science to the Classroom &
The NASA Shuttle Web
Coverage of both past and future missions, and when there's a current
one going on, you can find out who's on duty and what they're doing on the space
shuttle at any given time. Way cool
NASA’s Origins Program
Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking Home Page
The NGC/IC Project
This project is an attempt to correctly identify the objects of the New General Catalogue
and subsequent Index Catalogues published between 1888 and 1908 as a collection of known
nebulae and star clusters. This site contains historical astronomy information, current findings,
NGC/IC puzzles you can help solve, and more.
National Air and Space Museum
This is a highly interactive site. You can "tour" the actual museum by viewing
a fair number of photographic images. Some of the exhibits offer questions and answers
as well as science activities/experiments to try. Plan to spend some time visiting this museum.
National Space Science Data Center
The Center offers information from NASA and other sources on astrophysics, space physics,
and solar physics, as well as lunar and planetary data from NASA missions. If you want
the hard science, here it is.
New England Meteoritical Services
Here at the NEMS website you can learn about... what else? Meteorites!
Look at pictures, learn the history of Meteoritics, take the quiz, order the free catalog,
and check out related sites.
Nine Planets, The
(Home Page) -
NCG Objects -
Worlds Big Telescopes -
Estimating Limiting Magnitude (How Clear is Your Sky?) -
Ptolemy's Supper (astronomy) Club,
This "multimedia tour of the solar system" offers loads of graphics and interesting text on the history,
mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each planet and moon in our solar system. Great site.
Northern Lights (Norway)
Northern Lights Planetarium
information on the Northern Lights & the Land of the Midnight Sun,
this site is produced by Norway's first public planetarium.
Numerical Relativity Exhibitions
Black holes, wormholes, and other little understood phenomenon
are discussed in depth on this site, which also includes a lot
of information about the theory of relativity. NCSA, The National Center
for Supercomputing Applications, presents this site.
Online from Jupiter
The Galileo project, NASA's probe of Jupiter and its moons, is here detailed for teachers K-12.
Other Worlds, Distant Suns
The most useful information on this site is its
detailed list of extrasolar planets and starmaps.
The maps are great if you're trying to find certain stars
and there are plenty of interesting VRML maps of stars.
Passport to Knowledge
(Explore and Understand Our World and Our Universe, including:
Weather & Climate,
"To Mars with MER",
The Universe, A Black Hole, and Live from the Edge of Space & Time),
Antartica, Hubble Space Telescope, Mars, Rain Forest, the Sun, Storm)
[for educators & students]
People in the History of Astronomy
Peoria Astronomical Society
This site is devoted to encouraging interest in astronomy and to providing education
and assistance to those already interested. It provides information and links concerning star names,
black holes, constellations, meteor showers, resources for beginners, and more.
Phase of the Moon
Lunar Outreach Services brings you information on the current phase of the moon...
and we're not just talking about what phase it's in. You'll find information on lumination percentage,
the moon's age, and the lunation number. Or plug in a year between 1761 and 2084
and find the moon's phases for that year.
Planet Sites Links
(src: California & Carnegie Planet Search)
Planetarium Web Sites
The Planetary Data System's Mars Explorer lets YOU
explore Mars like you were an astronaut without ever leaving home.
Pick your desired place of exploration and then just zoom in and zoom out. Interesting!
Planetary Fact Sheets
NASA's image access home page is designed to provide easy access to images released
from various Solar System exploration programs.
Planetary Society, The
Planets of the Solar System
Planets, The Nine
(Astronomy Home Page, William A. (Bill) Arnett)
Planets, The Position of the
This orbital diagram can show you where the planets in our solar system are on a weekly basis.
Very neat idea! Well-executed and easy to navigate as well.
Pseudo-Science, Astronomical: A Skeptic's Resource List
(Version 3.0; August 2003) [Astronomical Society of the Pacific]
Education: The Universe in the Classroom
National Astronomy Education Projects (including K-12)
Quest: NASA's K-12 Internet Initiative
Dedicated to bringing the Internet into the classroom, this site also offers space mission information. It's very well done and an excellent source for educators.
Real-Time Science Data Access Page
(physics, sun images, planets, solar system objects, satellite locations/tracking,
earth science meteorology, national maps, weather (WX), fly over US WX map,
world maps, oceanography, undersea volcanoes, geology, earthquakes, space
weather, aurora forecasts/movies, ozone, water, snow coverage, sea ice,
climate, icebergs, web cams, world population, web cams, NASA video feeds,
'ask a scientist', aviation flight information)
[Real-Time Rendering Books &
Rings Node Planetary Data System
Here you will find a beautiful selection of images, animations (have quicktime loaded),
and artwork focusing on the planetary rings of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
In addition, the site offers a data set catalog, other information, and some online tools.
Rock & Roll Minor Planets
- Satellite orbits, man made
Earth area, view:
- Satellite Orbits
(includes a 3D real-time view of 900 +/- satellites)
- NASA & world's satellites observation
- Sighting times/locations
- Satellite observations from your area.
- Satellite orbits gravity game
(just click around to create satellites & watch their orbits)
Sea and Sky: The Sky
This site has lovely gallery photos, an informative tour of the solar system, links,
a Challenger memorial, and java games. Very well put together, it's an all around beautiful site.
- Science Channel Weblinks, 2Feb04:
- NASA's Keeping an Eye on Space Rocks
- NASA's Asteroids and Comets
- RASC Current Events
- Planet Diary
- National Earthquake Information Center
- Meteorology Online Guides
- Hubble Site
- Planetary Science Research
Should We Return to the Moon?
This hotly debated question is open for discussion on this thought-provoking site.
Lots of historical information is included as well to help users formulate
and support opinions and postings.
Sky Publishing offers its magazines, books, and catalogs, along with many articles,
making this a rich astronomy source.
Telescope magazine and are offered here on a two month lag.
The site also contains archives of Jay’s Starman strips, links, and SKY Online.
SOFIA/SETI Curriculum (K-12) -
Projects, Mars/Leonid Missions-Cultural Aspects
Solar System Live
Set the time, date, and viewpoint and view the solar system!
Solar System, An Overview of Our
(basics, facts, history, images, links, questions) [Arnett]
Solar System, The
This site summarizes planetary missions and spacecraft and offers pictures
of the planets taken during these missions.
Space/Astronomy for Kids
This is The Mining Company's site for Astronomy and Space Science.
It's a good place to come and read about what's going on in space...today!
With weekly features, feature archives, and annotated links to other great astronomy sites,
this is a good place to have fun learning.
Space City Homepage
This site details a space exploration simulation program set up for 4th graders in the Coshocton,
Ohio, public schools. Detailed in word and picture, it looks like an excellent effort with great student
interest and involvement.
Space Day (with a K-8 Design Challenge with awards)
This is a great site! Lots of graphics, so be prepared, but they're very well done.
You can check out current headlines on space topics, look at 101 things to do on Space Day
(2005: May 5), send postcards, and look at a page with information and activities for the classroom.
A great feature of the site is the Speak Up section. There's a question (such as,
"Should humans live on Mars?") and exploration of the issues surrounding the question.
You can participate in surveys concerning the question and compare your answers to those of others.
Space Exploration Gallery
CNN's top-notch coverage of the space program includes the latest developments
in man's exploration of space. Excellent source for researchers as well as casual stargazers.
Space Kids - NASA Space Science for Kids
news/eMail for You,
Space Telescope Electronic Information Service
This site has Hubble facts, lists of job postings for STScI,
long range plans, publications, extra resources, and web sites.
Check out the current pictures from space.
Space Telescope Science Institute -
(NASA, AURA, Hubble)
Stanford SOLAR Center
The solar investigations people at Stanford University are "providing Solar On-Line
Activity Resources for the joy of solar science exploration." They've done a good job
with this large site, offering news, activities, quizzes, solar facts and folklore (fascinating!),
tons of science and space links, solar art, and much more.
This is a great spot for you and your child to learn about astronomy together.
One part, the High-Energy Astrophysics Learning Center, is pretty advanced in its study
of X-ray and gamma-ray technology, but it's well done and allows you to ask questions
of professional high-energy astronomers. A nice feature is the linking of possibly unfamiliar words to a glossary entry.
Star Date Online
One of the good things at this site is the section for Backyard Stargazing Tips where you get
advice on what’s up there each night of the next week. There is also a Sky Almanac, Telescope Guide,
and the year’s guide to eclipses and meteor showers, plus a glossary and a gift shop.
This "electronic journal about the universe" offers many articles of interest even
to neophyte astronomers: i.e. "The Milky Way - Like a Deep Dish Pizza," and
"Is It Possible to Stand Still?"
Star Times Online
Articles from both current and back issues of this publication for amateur astronomers
are featured on this site, which is a great resource. Lots to read here!
Stars and Galaxies
A comprehensive multimedia guide to the stars, this page discusses star behavior
and generation of energy, as well as origin and life cycles. (To get the full impact of this site,
you'll need an audio card and a video card...but there's a lot of information here even
if you don't have those.)
Steady State Galaxy Theory
Stellar Temperature Measurement: How Hot is that Star?
This is an Internet space science lesson plan targeted at grades 7-12.
The University of California and The Science Museum of Virginia are involved in this project,
which features the use of NASA data, interactive H-R diagram, and online quizzes
in the study of how star temperatures are calculated.
This site has wonderful information about the planned September 18, 1997
launch of the U.S. shuttle to rendezvous with the Russian space station Mir.
There are pictures and facts about the crew, mission information and figures,
and lots more.
Supernova Webpage, The
(pictures, links, facts) [Arnett]
The Sun: A Multimedia Tour
This virtual tour of the sun is an informative and interesting place to find out about
our nearest star. Effective graphics, MPEG movies, and interesting commentary
make this a great spot to learn about solar flares, how light is produced,
the sun's influence on earth, much more.
Telescopes In Education
The Telescopes in Education (TIE) Project will provide "large, professional telescopes
located at observatories for hands-on, real-time, remote operation by students in a classroom."
Read about and see images from the prototype operation at Mount Wilson Observatory, California,
plus a live video of the camera in action.
Ventura County Astronomical Society
VCAS offers membership, star party, and astronomy news information,
plus links to other astronomy sites. The not-to-be-missed part of the site, though,
is the wonderful astrophoto collection--awesome!
Views of the Solar System
Here you can find tons of information about the solar system!
Not only will you find facts, statistics, and historical information, but there is ample information
about people throughout history associated with the solar system. Some images may take
a while to download, but they are well worth it.
Views of the Solar System Planets/Objects & Earth Sciences
- Virtual Astronomy Links (src: Huntsville Times)
Amateur/Professional: hardware, software, CCD, home pages
observatories: visible, ultraviolet, radio
All the Astronomical Information in the World
The AstroWEB Database
Web Nebulae, The
Bill Arnett wants you to enjoy the beauty of gaseous nebulae, visible only through a telescope.
This site is easy to use and offers pictures of famous nebulae and explanatory text.
Webb Society, The
Welcome to the Planets
The best images from NASA's planetary exploration program, an extensive glossary of space terms and explorers, and information on each planet are included here. Site offers both gif and jpeg formats.
Wormhole in the Cosmos, A
One of the interesting sections of this site is the gallery of astronomical images
with easy-to-understand explanations. You'll also want to visit the library with its
glossary of terms and archived "Did you know?" feature, check out the News
in the Cosmos area, and peruse the author's favorite astronomy links.
Yohkoh Public Outreach Project
This extremely cool site allows you to look at images and movies of the sun,
taken over the last 72 hours. Funded by NASA and using images taken
by the Yohkoh Satellite launched from Japan in 1991, YPOP offers great information about the sun,
light, solar learning activities, and much more.