A physics and astronomy web site, PhysLink provides news stories on its home page and links to educational, reference, directories, and fun pages.
Eric Weisstein's World
This online encyclopedia has entries that range from short definitions to longer articles with links to subtopics and related terms. There are topical and alphabetical indexes.
Lunar and Planetary Science
(National Space Science Data Center)
"The National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland is NASA's primary deep archive site for planetary and lunar data obtained from spacecraft missions (both NASA and non-NASA), as well as the primary center for distribution of planetary data and images to educators and the general public." For each plant, asteroids, and comets, this site has a factsheet, FAQs, a list of books, detailed missions information, data (including images), and press releases.
Handbook of Space Astronomy
and Astrophysics by Martin V. Zombeck
An online book published by Cambridge University Press. This is a reference handbook of equations, charts, and other data within the fields of astronomy and astrophysics. There is no expository text to accompany the data, so this handbook is best used as a reference source for finding known pieces of data or equations.
Astronomy 161 and 162:
The Solar System, Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology (Department of Physics
& Astronomy, University of Tennessee)
A series of lectures providing an introduction to the solar system, stars, galaxies, comets, asteroids, and other objects found in our solar system. Astronomy 162 covers stars, galaxies, and cosmology. The information on this site is geared toward first year college students.
The Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour
of the Solar System
Site is organized by planet with excellent factual and graphical information about each planet. There are sections on the sun and other solar system bodies (moons, asteroids, comets, etc). Pictures can be downloaded in GIF format.
Solar System Exploration
NASA's website dedicated to the exploration of the solar system, with news, a section for each specific mission, an informational section on each planet, images, videos, and a historical timeline of exploration.
The Cosmic and Heliospheric Learning Center
(Cosmic Ray Group, NASA)
This site covers cosmic and heliospheric science. (The heliosphere is the HUGE area in space affected by the Sun.) Astrophysics Basics covers its composition, energetic particles, acceleration, and magnetic fields. There is information about Cosmic Rays and a diagram of the Heliosphere. Includes a glossary, history of astronomy, a chance to Ask a Physicist, a topically organized archive of previously asked questions and related web links.
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Astrophysics Data System
A NASA-funded project whose main resource is an abstract service, which includes four sets of abstracts: 1) astronomy and astrophysics, 2) instrumentation 3) physics and geophysics and 4) Los Alamos preprint server. Each set of abstracts can be searched by author, object name (astronomy only), title, or abstract text words. In addition, the abstract service includes links to scanned images of over 40,000 journal articles for articles appearing in most of the major astronomical journals. See the article service for details.
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(American Astronomical Society and American Association of Physics Teachers)
This site is "a collection of Astronomy 101 digital resources for teachers and students." The resources are organized by subject and an annotation is included along with the student level.
A content rich site providing resources for educators on topics in astronomy including lesson plans, presentations, and "online explorations". Informational sections are also provided for educators to familiarize themselves with the basics of astronomy.
From NASA, an animated site serving as an educational tool for students of Astronomy. Astroventure provides online tutorials and interactive "missions" for students to learn about biological and geological aspects of the planets. The lessons are provided in text form for educators to review.
Astrophysics Science Project: Integrating Research
& Education (ASPIRE)
For students, this site has interactive labs, science fair project ideas, and an Ask A Scientist resource. Teachers can access lesson plans and learn about training and outreach opportunities.
At Home With Astronomy
(Center for Science Education at Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley)
Instructions for ten astronomy experiments are detailed on this site.
Another NASA website, this one offering instructions, materials, and lesson plans for a Mars project.
A collection of web pages from NASA aimed at educators of all levels. This portion of the site has classroom materials organized by subject. Educators can also find materials by the school level and by the type of material. There is a wealth of content including posters, slide sets, online activities, lesson plans, and briefs.
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This site is the homepage for Astronomy Magazine and provides free access to some of the magazine's content, including news. Astronomy Magazine is available in our periodicals and through several of our databases.
Space Daily: Your Portal to Space
International news on space travel and planetary science collected from the European Space Agency, NASA, and the Agence France-Presse.
Astronomy Now Online
From the British magazine, Astronomy Now, this site offers the latest news in astronomy. The site includes an interactive sky chart and information on the latest planetary alignment.
Astrobiology Magazine (NASA Ames
This NASA affilated site is updated daily with news stories, datasets and images, science & research, and multimedia.
Sky and Telescope
The online home of Sky and Telescope magazine, this site has news, articles on topics in astronomy, and links to other resources for astronomy. We have Sky and Telescope in print at the Ely Library.
This site provides an overview of news and events in the world of astronomy and space, with links to other sites for more information.
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The Galileo Project
A comprehensive site with links to historical resources about Galileo Galilei and the science of his time, this site includes links to Galileo's notes on his discovery of Jupiter's moons, links to astronomers of his time, and web resources on modern astronomy.
(Department of History and Philosophy of Science of the University of Cambridge)
"The aim of this project is to make available electronically some aspects of the early history of astronomy." There are articles on instrumentation, theories, and prominent figures in the early history of astronomical study.
Cosmic Evolution (Wright Center for Science Education)
An interactive site based on textbooks written by Dr. Eric J. Chaisson, Cosmic Evolution provides an overview of the history of the universe. Movies, text, and educational activities help to tell the story through eight epochs.
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Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon (Lunar and Planetary Institute)
"The Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon by Bowker and Hughes (NASA SP-206) is considered the definitive reference manual to the global photographic coverage of the Moon. The images contained within the atlas are excellent for studying lunar morphology because they were obtained at low to moderate Sun angles. The digital Lunar Orbiter Atlas of the Moon is a reproduction of the 675 plates contained in Bowker and Hughes."
Mission: First Man on the Moon - Fullscreen QTVR photo from panoramas.dk
(Requires QuickTime plug-in)
From the commercial photographer Hans Nyberg, panoramic images from NASA's Apollo image gallery. These panoramic images allow you to explore the surface of the moon by dragging your mouse in different directions. The images may take some time to load.
Skyview: The Internet's Virtual
Use this site to view images generated of any portion of the sky from a static database of images. Coordinates can be entered by longitude and latitude or by the name of the celestial object.
Views of the Solar System
Award-winning site with over 1,000 graphic and animation files plus a wealth of information - from basic physical data on the solar system to detailed histories of U.S., Russian, European, and Japanese space missions.
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(Space Telescope Science Institute)
"NewsCenter is the complete collection of every Hubble Space Telescope news release and its supporting materials, along with tools and resources designed to further your knowledge of astronomy."
"Our aim is to provide you with all the information you need to observe satellites such as the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle, spectacular events such as the dazzlingly bright flares from Iridium satellites as well as a wealth of other spaceflight and astronomical information. We not only provide the times of visibility, but also detailed star charts showing the satellite's track through the heavens."
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
"NOAO's purpose is to provide the best ground-based astronomical telescopes to the nation's astronomers, to promote public understanding and support of science, and to help advance all aspects of US astronomy."
The web site for the renowned observatory of the University of Pittsburgh, this site includes a link to the website for the Parallax Project and a searchable, digital archive of parallax data published by the observatory dating back to 1910.
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Broad coverage of NASA activities including aeronautics; human exploration and development of space; earth science; space science; space shuttle launches, and more.
The Planetary Society
A non-profit society founded by Carl Sagan and dedicated to the study of space and the astronomical sciences. Their site offers news, tutorials, images, special topical sections, and listing of astronomy-related events.
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