Useful external links

Useful Links

Astronomy Glossary - The

The Night Sky

Ask an Astrophysicist - NASA Scientists answer space related questions

British Astronomical Association's Campaign for Dark (starry, natural) Skies

Dark Sky Discovery Sites

Globe at Night - simple dark sky survey

Go Stargazing - Find the best stargazing locations

Heavens-Above - Night sky, ISS passes & Iridium Flares

Messier Objects - finder guides to 110 Messier & 109 Caldwell objects

Monthly night sky webcast - excellent monthly skynotes but you will need broadband!

Patrick Moore's Winter Marathon - Test your observing skills during the winter months. 25 for naked eye/binos; 25 for 'scopes.

Night Sky Info - weekly information about the night sky, astronomy articles and observations.

Occultations - occultations by the moon.

100,000 Stars - See where we are in the Galaxy! - Control the Bradford Robotic collection of Telescopes and other instruments on Mount Teide, Tenerife.

The Planets and their Satellites

The Planets and their Satellites

Mars images

'Solar System Scope' - interactive model of the solar system

Jupiter's Galilean Moons - Sky & Telescope magazines interactive utility

Evolution of the Moon - From 4.5 billion years ago to today


NASA App - for Android, iPhone & iPad

ISS construction animation

Eyes on the Solar System - amazing graphics of all current missions (worth accepting the download to access)

New Horizons - mission to Pluto

Cassini - unlocking Saturn's Secrets

GRAIL - Mapping Lunar Gravity

Juno - Unlocking Jupiter's Secrets

Other current missions


Star catalogues


Comets for this month

Orbits/Gravitation Simulations

Bob Jenkins' web site - lots of simulations

Cosmic View - The Universe in 40 Jumps

Scale of the Universe - Wow!

Map of the Universe (log scale) + explanation (go to pg17)

Antikythera Device

Free Astronomy Software

Stellarium - Interactive planeterium to download

IRIS - image processing software

REGISTAX - alignment, stacking and processing of images

The Planets

Sunspot latitude and longitude calculator

SAO DS9 - astronomical imaging and data visualization

Analysis Tools and Spreadsheet Resources

Planetarium program HNSKY for Windows

Virtual Moon Atlas - tour the moon! - Create and fly around your own universe and solar system!

Smartphone Apps:

Google Sky Maps - Navigate around the night sky.

Cosmic Zoom (Android) - Fly through the universe and zoom in right down to elementary particles!!

ISS Detector - Receive alerts and viewing info about the International Space Station and Iridium Flares.

Equipment Reviews

Lots of equipment reviews - telescopes, eyepieces, binoculars, web-cams, etc

Lots more equipment reviews - telescopes, mounts, eyepieces, binoculars, web-cams, etc

How to.......

Guide to CCD Imaging

Astronomy Beginners Guide -

Astronomical Holidays

COAA - in the Algarve region of southern Portugal

Sasteria astronomy & art - in the south of Crete

Astronomical Societies

Federation of Astronomical Societies (FAS)

Coventry and Warwickshire Astronomical Society

Stratford upon Avon Astronomical Society

Heart of England Astronomical Society

Birmingham Astronomical Society

Birmingham Think Tank Listing

News & Magazines

The Astronomer


Sky & Telescope - some excellent resources here

Astronomy Now - some good info here - online research news

Universe Today - Space & astronomy news + 'youtube' webcasts

Other Useful Astro Sites

Social Astronomy, a Free Networking site -

Faulkes Telescopes

Jodrell Bank Observatory

ESO Virtual Tours

Keeping an eye on what the sun is doing

Aurora Watch UK

11 thousand Astro sites listed

Astronomy dictionary Zoom

The International Dark Sky Association

Artificial Satellites

The British Astronomical Association

Society for Popular Astronomy

The Webb Society

Comet and Meteor information

Minor Planets

Variable Stars

Atmospheric Phenomena

Picture of the Day


Broadhurst Clarkson & Fuller

Dark Sky Lighting - anti light pollution fittings

David Hinds - also see their (free to advertise) classified ads section for second hand equipment.

Evergreen Optics - telescopes and accessories for beginners and advanced astronomers.

Orion Optics

Roll-off Observatories

Sherwoods - telescopes and accessories (Studley, Warks)