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Astronomy Links

Although there are many good astronomy links, the purpose of this page is to list a dozen or so great websites that have information on many different areas of astronomy or space science. We tried to avoid listing sites that contain a lot of detail about one specific topic only. If you don't see something that looks helpful here, try choosing a subject from the site menu and looking at the websites listed there!

Archives of Astronomy links:

General Astronomy Sites:

  • Amazing Space: Games and activities relating to a wide variety of astronomy subjects. This site was designed for classrooms, but the activities can be used by anyone.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day: A new astronomy picture with a description every day.
  • Bad Astronomy: This site has examples and explanations of bad astronomy use by the media. It also has a large section about the "lunar landing hoax."
  • Heavens Above: Look here to find when satellites, the Space Station, and the Space Shuttle will be visible from your location. Sky and constellation maps are available.
  • Imagine the Universe: This site has astronomy news, feature articles and projects aimed at high school students and above.
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): Find links to NASA missions and human spaceflight.
  • NASA Kids Website: Astronomy information and activities for kids (and adults!).
  • Nine Planets Solar System Tour: Descriptions and basic information about the planets, asteroids, and comets in our solar system.
  • SEDS: Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. A general site which trys to educate on the benefits of space. They host a lot of good educational resources including the Nine Planets and the Messier Deep Sky Catalog.
  • Science@Nasa: The latest news on NASA science and technology. There's a link to a mirror site in Spanish.
  • Sky and Telescope: Look here for hints on getting started in amatuer astronomy; for example, buying and using telescopes. You can also look at star charts and read about what's currently visible in the sky.
  • Sky View. An on-line virtual observatory with a special non-astronomer interface. View pictures of objects in the night sky in many wavelenghts.
  • Space.com: This site has current news about spaceflight and astronomy research.
  • Space Weather: This web site moniters solar activity and aurorae, and it has information about currently visible comets and asteroids.
  • Star Awards: "The Griffith Observatory Star Awards were established to recognize excellence in web sites that promote public awareness of astronomy. These are the best astronomy sites on the World Wide Web, and they present useful, thorough, and accurate information in a well-organized and attractive way, making the sky more accessible."
  • StarChild: This site is aimed at grade school students and has multimedia features on many aspects of astronomy.
  • CASCA Education Website: The Canadian Astronomical Society's Education Website. Lots of great information for kids and educators!

Other Ask an Astronomer Sites:

  • Ask an Astronomer at Lick Observatory: Maintained by graduate students at the University of California, Santa Cruz, this site contains a newsletter of recent questions, plus an archive of older questions organized by topic.
  • The Astronomy Cafe: NASA scientist Sten Odenwald maintains this site, with two overlapping archives (Ask the Astronomer and Ask the Space Scientist) containing thousands of previous questions. The amount of material on this site is incredible, but the sheer volume can make it hard to find what you're looking for.
  • Ask the Experts at Physlink.com: ask about anything related to Physics or Astronomy. Experts from all over the world can submit their answers and if they are 'good enough' (I couldn't find any more specific criteria like who gets to decide if they are any good) they are put up.
  • Google Directory of Experts in Science and Technology: semi comphrehensive list of all the 'Ask an Expert' sites in Sciece and Technology on the web.
  • The Virtual Reference Desk: this links to the Astronomy section of the Virtual Reference Desk, but you can use this service to find an answer to any question.
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