(Asteroids, Comets, Meteors, Mars, Moon, Pluto, Saturn, Venus, Sun)

Astronomy Resource Lists

Astronomy Picture of the Day http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/

Adirondack Video Astronomy http://www.astrovid.com/ email: avaastro@compuserve.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



Astrometry http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/cfa/ps/info/Astrometry.html Guide to Minor Body astronometry

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/ 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/

Bright Star Catalog - http://www.alcyone.de/search_in_bsc.html

CALENDARS -- Astronomical


CATALOGS (Astronomical)


CCD Imaging

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



Coordinates -- Latitude / Longitude look up site (actually, an astrological site) http://www.astro.com/atlas

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 Stars


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.htmlHands 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 discoveries since 1989. University of Illinois astronomy professor Jim Kaler has given an "astronomy update" at the Great Lakes Planetarium Association's annual conference. The very popular talk covers the major astronomical discoveries over the previous year. They're at http://www.astro.uiuc.edu/~kaler/glpa/glpa.html



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



Maps -- See Observational Aids

Messier Objects


Misconceptions in Astronomy: Heavenly Errors http://www.physics.umaine.edu/ncomins/



MinutePhysics:  Science, Religion, and the Big Bang - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3MWRvLndzs&feature=youtu.be


Multicultural astronomy - Unheard Voices, Part 1: The Astronomy of Many Cultures, A Resource Guide by Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College) [2013-2014]

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/


Observation Aids




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

Radio Astronomy

Spacecraft Encyclopedia http://claudelafleur.qc.ca/Spacecrafts-index.html


Science Fiction Author list by Andy Fraknoi - http://www.astrosociety.org/education/resources/scifi.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/

Science Fiction Stories with Good Astronomy & Physics: A Topical Index, Compiled by Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College) Version 6; 2014

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures, featuring astronomers giving nontechnical lectures on recent developments in astronomy, on  YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/SVAstronomyLectures/ You can also listen to audio-only podcasts.

  •  Sandra Faber on galaxy formation,
  •  Michael Brown on his discovery of Eris and the “demotion” of Pluto,
  •  Alex Filippenko and Leonard Susskind on black holes,
  •  Natalie Batalha on the latest discoveries from the Kepler mission,
  •  Frank Drake on his modern view of the Drake Equation,
  •  Gibor Basri on brown dwarfs and unattached planets,
  •  Anthony Aguirre on multiple universes, and
  •  Chris McKay updating the Cassini discoveries about Saturn's moon Titan. 

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 webmaster@sky-watch.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.



Solar Calendars

Songbook -- Astronomer's Songbook (Jon Bell) http://www.ircc.cc.fl.us/atircc/commout/planetarium/astsongbook.pdf

Space Art Space Day http://www.spaceday.com/

Space Environment Center http://www.sec.noaa.gov

Space Science News Archive - http://spacescience.spaceref.com/
Space.ref - http://www.spaceref.com/company/ - 21 news and reference web sites on outer space and Earth observation

Space Shuttle Images http://www.nasm.si.edu/ceps/RPIF/SSPR.html from National Air and Space Museum (NASM)

Star Data

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

Star Maps -- See Observational Aids

Star Naming

Stars and Constellations--educational resource by Jim Kaler: http://www.astro.uiuc.edu/~kaler/sow/sow.html

Starshot - http://breakthroughinitiatives.org/ - Interstellar travel using ultra-light nanocrafts – miniature space probes attached to lightsails accelerated by lasers to 1/7 the speed of light.

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




Universe Today -- Space Exploration News from Around the Internet http://www.universetoday.com/

Variable Stars

Wolfram|Alpha Reference Site - http://www.wolframalpha.com/examples/Astronomy.html - a free online service that answers factual queries directly by computing the answer from structured data. Produces star charts, astronomical events, astrophysics computations, and much more. See also astronomy demos - http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/topic.html?topic=Astronomy - physics demos - http://www.wolframalpha.com/examples/Physics.html, and the online community dedicated to Astronomers - http://community.wolframalpha.com/viewforum.php?f=8 as well as Stephen Wolfram's introduction:

Women in astronomy - Unheard Voices, Part 2: Women in Astronomy, A Resource Guide by Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College)[2013-2014]