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.
40 Maps That Explain Outer Space
Though most of these are graphics rather than actual maps, this is a nice introduction to our solar system, the history of the space program, and the rest of the universe.
Apollo 11
Sites about Apollo 11 include
Apollo 11 Onboard AudioNASA: The Apollo 11 MissionRemembering Apollo 11We Choose the Moon
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.
Apollo Mission
A special commemoration from NASA.
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.
Bad Astronomy
Astronomy and space science news, with a special focus on correcting misinformation. Older issues may be found at The Slate and Discover; the author’s old website at Bad Astronomy, while extremely out of date, still has useful information on some perennial astronomy misconceptions.
Basics of Space Flight
A tutorial designed primarily to help operations people identify the range of concepts associated with deep space missions, and grasp the relationships among them. It also enjoys popularity with college and high-school students and faculty, and people everywhere who are interested in interplanetary space flight.
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.
Black Hole Apocalypse
Full video and transcript for the NOVA episode.
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.
Chrono Zoom Project
Astronomical and Earth timeline from the origins of the universe to human history and the present day.
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, such as the Cassini Mission to Saturn.
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.
Goddard Space Flight Center
Space flight, space weather, Earth and Earth science, space flight technology, photos, news, and other information.
Hubble Site
All about Hubble: news, images, technology, reference, and more images.
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.
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.
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Information on the moon and space exploration.
Mars Exploration Rover Mission
Information about the Mars Rover mission, with plenty of photographs and multimedia offerings.
Mars Science Laboratory
From JPL, information about the Curiosity Mars Rover, what it has found, and Mars in general. Also includes current news and plenty of images and video.
NASA
Images, news, multimedia, mission information, and other details pertaining to the science and technology of space exploration 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: Open Data
This site is a continually growing catalog of publicly available NASA Datasets, APIs, Visualizations, and More.
NASA Eclipse Resources Page
Index to NASA webpages about solar and lunar eclipses, including dates, viewing, photography, and archived data.
NASA Education
Articles, activities and resources for Teachers and Students.
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
NASA’s real-time science encyclopedia of deep space exploration. Our scientists and hardworking robots are exploring the wild frontiers of our solar system.
NASA TV
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. An excellent and informative site.
The Planetary Society
Through our projects and publications, the Society plays a leading role in creating innovative coalitions to engage the public and fuel support for exploring other worlds.
Portal to the Universe
News, blogs, video podcasts, audio podcasts, images, videos and more. Web 2.0 collaborative tools, such as the ranking of different services according to popularity, help the user to sift constructively through the wealth of information available and will promote interactions within the astronomy multimedia community.
Rocket and Space Technology
Very nice set of pages about spaceflight and rockets, with fact sheets about space missions, and links to other sites.
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.
Sixty Symbols
Videos about the symbols of physics and astronomy.
Sky and Telescope Interactive Sky Watching Tools
Almanac, moon phase guide, planet guides, calculators, and other great 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.)
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.
SPACE.com
Extensive site about astronomy and space exploration. Includes sections on news, photos, business/technology, science fiction, SETI, interviews, missions, reference, the daily NightSky 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.
Starts With a Bang!
One professor’s blog about astrophysics. (Not updated after October 2017.)
Stellarium
Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
A Traveler’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.
Watch This Space: 10 Must-See Documentaries About the Universe
Documentaries about the Universe help to show the greatness of the galaxies and the awe-inspiring cosmos that scientists are still trying to explain. With some truly incredible images. (July 2015)
Windows to the Universe
The history of astronomy, and current knowledge of space, the planets, space exploration, astronomers, and astronauts.
Your Sky
An online interactive planetarium for any time and date, viewpoint, and observing location.
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