Astronomy


3D Solar System Web Chrome app
This is a 3D solar system simulation application, which gives you the approximate location of the planets in the solar system at different time, and some information about each one of them.
100,000 Stars
100,000 Stars is an interactive visualization of the stellar neighborhood… It shows the location of 119,617 nearby stars … including the 1989 Hipparcos mission. Zooming in reveals 87 individually identified stars and our solar system..
Apollo
A history of the Apollo space program which put men on the moon, including both archival and retrospective articles.
Apollo 13, We Have A Solution
Analysis of the incident which crippled the Apollo 13 spacecraft, forcing the planned lunar landing to be aborted and endangering the lives of the crew, and how the mission team’s years of planning and preparation worked to bring the crew home safely.
Are The Stars Out Tonight?
How can we escape light pollution? Where are the best dark-sky places? Discusses the history and impact of light pollution for star-gazers.
Atlas of the Universe
There are nine main maps … the first map shows the nearest stars and then the other maps slowly expand out until we have reached the scale of the entire visible universe. Though a bit old (last updated in 2009), this site is still intriguing.
Bad Astronomy
Astronomy and space science news, with a special focus on correcting misinformation. Older issues may be found at The Slate.
The Big History Project
Explore 13.7 billion years of shared history and consider the big questions about our Universe, our planet, life, and humanity. From the big bang to modern day to where we are going in the future, big history covers it all.
Celestia
The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. This planetarium program must be downloaded and installed on your computer to be used.
European Space Agency
The European Space Agency portal features the latest news in space exploration, human spaceflight, launchers, telecommunications, navigation, monitoring and space science.
Exploratorium Observatory
Virtual observatory concentrating on the sun and the solar system. Includes close-ups on planets and space probes.
Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond
The goal of this collection is to explore connections between some of Carl Sagan’s work, communicating about the cosmos and the possibilities of life on other worlds and the extensive diversity of collections of the Library of Congress.
Hubble Site
All about Hubble: news, images, technology, reference, and more images.
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Information on the moon and space exploration.
NASA
Images, news, multimedia, mission information, and other details pertaining to the science and technology of space exploration and more.
NASA – International Space Station
All about the international space station: facts, news releases, status reports, biographies, photos, audio, and video. Includes links to NASA’s other webcams as well.
NASA JPL – Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Research facility for robotic (unmanned) exploration of space, the stars, and the near-Earth environment. Includes news, images, history, mission reports, and more.
NASA – Mars Exploration Program
From NASA, information about Mars and the various robotic missions to it, and what they’ve found. Includes facts, images, multimedia, more.
NASA Eclipse Web Site
Index to NASA webpages about solar and lunar eclipses, including dates, viewing, photography, and archived data.
NASA Education
NASA STEM Engagement
Articles, activities and resources for teachers and students.
NASA – Goddard Space Flight Center
Space flight, space weather, Earth and Earth science, space flight technology, photos, news, and other information.
NASA Human Space Flight
News, pictures, history, and other information about the space shuttle, space station, and other aspects of manned space flight.
NASA Science
Science of the Earth, the Sun, the planets, and the stars, including images, news, mission spotlights, and more.
NASA Solar System Exploration
Learn about the planets, moons, and other bodies of our solar system through articles, images, videos, and interactive activities at this NASA site.
NASA Television
Online access to the NASA TV channel. Includes image gallery, videos, podcasts, live tv, blogs, and more.
NASA Visualization Studio
The SVS works closely with scientists in the creation of visualizations, animations, and images in order to promote a greater understanding of Earth and Space Science research activities at NASA and within the academic research community supported by NASA.
National Air & Space Museum
A part of the Smithsonian Institution, this museum has plenty of information about the history of flight and spaceflight, as well as exhibitions about the Earth, the solar system, and the universe.
National Geographic: Science: Space
The solar system, space exploration, and the greater universe. From National Geographic.
Night Sky Planner
Links to sites helpful for knowing what is visible in the sky and how to view it.
The Nine Planets
An overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Though created back in 1994 when Pluto was still considered a planet, the site has been kept up to date with current information. A useful and informative site.
NOVA: Black Hole Apocalypse
Full video and transcript for the NOVA episode.
Portal to the Universe
The site itself features news, blogs, video podcasts, audio podcasts, images, videos and more.
Reasons for the Seasons
Why do some regions experience full-time heat while others are reckoning with frigid temperatures and snow? And why are the seasons reversed in the two hemispheres? Rebecca Kaplan explains how the shape of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun and the Earth’s tilt on its axis affect the amount of sunlight each region receives.
ScienceDaily: Space & Time News
Current astronomy and space exploration news.
SEDS: Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
Images, astronomy, shuttle schedule, software, Messier catalog, and more.
The Size of Space
This page shows the size of space by compariing progressively larger objects. It starts with an astronaut and man-made spacecraft, and moves to asteroids, moons, planets, stars, giant stars, nebulae, galaxies, giant galaxies, galaxy clusters, and finally the observable universe.
Sky & Telescope
Online site for the popular astronomy magazine. Resources include free ebooks, interactive sky chart, guide to the night sky, and other tools for the backyard observer.
Sky-Map.org
Maps of the sky, with gorgeous photographs, search ability, and astronomical information. (Does not include Solar System objects.)
SPACE.com
Extensive site about astronomy and space exploration. Includes sections on news, photos, business/technology, science fiction, SETI, interviews, missions, reference, skywatching, and more.
Spaceflight Now
News and articles about manned spaceflight, both U.S. and international.
SpaceRip
The BEST space and astronomy videos on the web. Watch stars explode and space-time rip at the seams in breaking stories about the universe.
SpaceWeather.com
Science news and information about the Sun-Earth environment.
Stanford Solar Center
All about the Sun. The SOLAR Center is … dedicated to sharing the joy and excitement of solar science exploration by providing hands-on web-based activities.
StarTalk Radio
StarTalk… is the first and only popular commercial radio program devoted to all things space and is hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. As Director of the Hayden Planetarium … Tyson makes regular appearances as the “nation’s expert on space” on major news programs and popular shows.
A Traveller’s Guide to the Planets
An interactive feature from National Geographic.
Watch This Guy Build a Massive Solar System in the Desert (video)
The vastness of space is almost too mind-boggling for the human brain to comprehend. In order to accurately illustrate our place in the universe, one group of friends decided to build the first scale model of the solar system in seven miles of empty desert.
Your Sky
An online interactive planetarium for any time and date, viewpoint, and observing location.
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