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6-8-2008

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Links from John Waechter:

http://www.spaceweather.com/ - SpaceWeather.com: News and information about the Sun and solar system.  This is my internet home page. 

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html - Astronomy Picture of the day:  Everyone’s favorite astronomy picture site.

http://www.earthsky.org/ - Earth & Sky:  A general earth science and astronomy web site for everyone. They also produce a short, 2 to 3 minute, daily radio show that is available as a podcast download. 

http://www.universetoday.com/ - Universe Today:  Daily astronomy related news and information.  Two podcasts are available,  Universe Today is a short, about 10 minute, daily program and Astronomy Cast is a longer weekly show.

http://www.skyhound.com/sh/skyhound.html - Skyhound: An easy to use observing website.  What’s up this month, information on observable Comets, and more.

http://www.skymaps.com/downloads.html - SkyMaps.com:  Monthly printable sky maps.

http://www.astromart.com/ - Astromart:  Buy & sell astronomy equipment. Classified and Auction sections.  Also a daily picture post.

http://heritage.stsci.edu/index.html - Hubble Heritage Image Gallery:  An amazing archive of  Hubble Space Telescope images.

http://www.heavens-above.com/ - Heavens Above: This is another site I visit regularly.  Primarily for satellite pass and Iridium flare predictions.  Also provides data on the Sun, Moon, Planets, observable comets and more.

http://shadowandsubstance.com/ - Shadow & Substance: Some neat graphics and animations of current sky events, eclipses and even meteor showers.
 

Links from Brian Gray:

 PODCASTS

http://www.astronomycast.com/ - Astronomy Cast - Weekly podcast in which a specific topic is discussed during each show

http://astronomy.libsyn.com/ - Astronomy A Go Go - Monthly or bi-monthly podcast that deals with observing and history of the constellations

http://hubblesite.org/explore_astronomy/skywatch/ - Skywatch - Short weekly podcast

http://www.jodcast.net/ - Jodcast - Monthly or bimonthly podcast

http://letstalkstars.com/index.html - Lets Talk Stars - Podcast hosted by David Levy

http://www.astronomy.com/asy/default.aspx?c=ss&id=104 - Astronomy Magazine Podcast - Short weekly podcast dealing with recent news or points of interest in the night sky

http://www.astrosociety.org/education/podcast/ - Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures - Podcasts of lectures given by professionals

http://qandba.com/ - Bad Astronomy: Q and BA - Question and answer show hosted by Phil Plait, available in both video and audio only versions

http://stardate.org/radio/calendars/ - Stardate Radio - Two minute daily program

http://www.planetary.org/radio/ - Planetary Radio - Weekly show of the Planetary Society

REFERENCES

http://www.wikisky.org/ - Wikisky - Operates like a Google Earth except for parts of the night sky

http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi - JPL's Small Body Database - Lists physical parameters of small bodies and can generate emphemerides for a specific object

http://www.skyhound.com/sh/skyhound.html - Skyhound - A what's up site

http://hubblesite.org/fun_.and._games/tonights_sky/ -  Tonight Sky - Monthly flash player movies of what's up, more for entry level astronomer

http://www.jackstargazer.com/JHSG_DNLD.html -  Page where you can download or view the weekly Stargazer show

http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~pogge/Ast161/Audio/
and 
http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~pogge/Ast162/Audio/ - Two classes taught by Prof. Richard Pogge of Ohio State.

http://cleardarksky.com/csk/index.html#clock_list - Home page of the Clear Sky Clocks.

http://www.seds.org/messier/data3.html - Messier Object Index of the SEDS web site.

http://www.slackerastronomy.org/wordpress/index.php - Slacker Astronomy contains podcasts and links to articles.
 

Links from Phil Hoyle:

 Main page:

 http://www.cloudynights.com/

 Forums:

 http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?Cat=

 Forums I visit most often:

 http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/postlist.php/Cat/0/Board/Classifieds

 http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/postlist.php/Cat/0/Board/DSLR
 

Links from Ken Schneller:

http://freeware.intrastar.net/astronomy.exe.htm  - for many free good astronomy programs

http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/icq/icq.html - for data on recent worldwide observations of comets

http://cfa-harvard.edu/iau/Ephemerides/Comets/ - for orbital elements on comets; also you can get daily locations and altitudes for your observing site.
 

Links from Dave Gill:

Weblogs

 http://astroprofspage.com/ - A content-rich blog written by a college instructor of physics and astronomy/

http://planetary.org/blog - Emily Lakdawalla’s blog on solar system exploration – sponsored by the Planetary Society

http://www.starstryder.com/ - Pamela Gay’s blog

http://www.badastronomy.com/bablog/ - Phil Plait (a.k.a. the Bad Astronomer);  also see http://www.badastronomy.com    for the Bad Astronomy pages (HT to Roy Preece)

http://www.sciencemusings.com/blog/ - Chet Raymo’s blog – not always astronomy, but this guy can write!

http://cosmicvariance.com/ - Some professional astronomers and cosmologists share ideas and opinions

Resources

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/ - Sky and Telescope’s home page – news, observing, tools, articles and more

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/index.html - The Planetary Photojournal – a NASA resource of solar system images and more

http://www.rense.com/general72/size.htm - The Size of our World – a nice extrapolation of size scaling beyond the solar system

http://www.astro.princeton.edu/~mjuric/universe/ - Logarithmic Maps of the Universe – another neat mind bender

http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~wright/cosmolog.htm - Ned Wright’s Cosmology Tutorial – Prof. Wright’s resource on the “big picture” – kept current and filled with links.

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/lunar_atlases/ - The Lunar and Planetary Institute’s on-line lunar atlas collection

http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/horizons.cgi#top - NASA’s HORIZONS ephemeris generator for solar system bodies

http://www.rochesterastronomy.org/supernova.html - Reference info and finder info for active supernovae – including galaxy photos

http://legault.club.fr/collim.html - Collimating your telescope!

http://www.bbastrodesigns.com/ - Mel Bartels’ home page – lots of ATM and astronomy stuff

http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/eclipse.html - Fred Espenak’s eclipse prediction page

http://www.solarviews.com/eng/homepage.htm - Calvin Hamilton’s views of the solar system – great pix

http://www.darksky.org/ - All about light pollution and what you can do about it

http://www.aavso.org/ - The American Association of Variable Star Observers

http://sundials.org/ - The North American Sundial Society

http://www.astrosociety.org/resources/links.html - A nice selection of links from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

http://www.perseus.gr/Astro-Lunar-Scenes-Sounion-01.htm - Anthony Ayiomamitis wonderful astrophotos

http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/alsj/frame.html - The Apollo Lunar Surface Journal – for those of you who believe we actually went there….

http://astrosurf.com/avl/UK_index.html - Virtual Moon Atlas – by the folks who brought you Cartes du Ceil

http://www.shallowsky.com/moon/hitchhiker.html - A Hitchhiker’s guide to the Moon

http://www.spacew.com/ - Solar Terrestrial Dispatch – space weather stuff and software

http://www.meteoros.de/indexe.htm - Other sky stuff – halos, sundogs, pillars, rainbows, unusual clouds, meteors

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