Astronomy


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..
Access Mars with Google
Access Mars lets you explore a 3D replica of the Martian surface, exactly as it was recorded by the Curiosity rover.
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.
European Space Agency
The European Space Agency portal features the latest news in space exploration, human spaceflight, launchers, telecommunications, navigation, monitoring and space science.
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.
Google Maps – Space
View maps of the planets, the Moon, some moons of other planets, a couple of asteroids, and the International Space Station.
Hubble Site
All about Hubble: news, images, technology, reference, and more images.
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Information on the moon and space exploration.
The moon has been drifting away from Earth for 4.5 billion years. A stunning animation shows how far it has gone.
The video’s creator, James O’Donoghue, works as a planetary scientist at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). He told Business Insider that he set out to create an accurate picture of the moon’s creation, but got carried away and wound up animating its entire history.
NASA
Images, news, multimedia, mission information, and other details pertaining to the science and technology of space exploration and more.
NASA: Apollo
A history of the Apollo space program which put men on the moon, including both archival and retrospective articles.
NASA: Eclipses and Transits
Information about eclipses and transits, including dates, images, videos, and further details.
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Space flight, space weather, Earth and Earth science, space flight technology, photos, news, and other information.
NASA: Humans in Space
News, pictures, history, and other information about the space shuttle, space station, and other aspects of manned space flight.
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 Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
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. Further information about specific missions, like the Mars Perseverance Rover, can be found via the Missions tab from the top menu.
NASA Science
Science of the Earth, the Sun, the planets, and the stars, including images, news, mission spotlights, and more.
NASA STEM Engagement
Articles, activities and resources for teachers and students.
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.
National Air & Space Museum
A part of the Smithsonian, 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.
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 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.
The PLANETS* to scale not only in size, but also in their tilt and rotation speed. *plus Pluto/Ceres (video)
Short animated video showing all the planets with relative size, tilt, and rotation. Animated arrows at the pole of each planet help illustrate the speed of rotation.
Reasons for the Seasons (video)
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.
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.)
Spaceflight Now
News and articles about manned spaceflight, both U.S. and international.
SpaceRip
YouTube channel about astronomy and space science.
SpaceWeather.com
Science news and information about the Sun-Earth environment.
StarTalk Radio
Website of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s popular radio program about astronomy and other science and technology topics.
To Scale: The Solar System (video)
On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe. Also available on YouTube.
Your Sky
An online interactive planetarium for any time and date, viewpoint, and observing location.
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