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Astronomy News Updates

Astronomy Throughout the Net is a Free Monthly E-Zine with Current Astronomy News, Product Review, and more.

exoScience "The Science of Space" - a digest of the latest astronomy,exobiology and astrophysics.

CNN - Science and Technology

Universe Today. Read about space exploration and astronomy news, which is updated every weekday.

Sky-Watch - SkyWatch sends its subscribers a daily email message with information on important astronomical events that can be observed from their location. These events include meteor showers, satellite passes and eclipses.

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Astronomical Magazines

SKY Online - Home Page Home of Sky and Telescope Magazine and Sky Publishing

ASTRONOMY Magazine A slightly more basic, but excellent, astronomy magazine

Amateur Astronomy Magazine is different! We have a simple black-and-white format that actually gives you an abundance of reading material. Each quarterly issue has 68 pages packed with 50,000 words of articles and 60 - 100 photos.

ATM Journal. Amateur Telescope Making Journal site is the successor to Richard Berry's Telescope Making Magazine, the Journal is sponsored by the ATMA, the world's largest network of Amateur telescope makers and optical engineers.

Coelum Magazine The Italian astronomical magazine web site. Coelum "publishes the best images by the most known astrophotographers from all around the world".

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Amateur Astronomy

American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO). Information about stars whose brightness varies.  Amateur astronomers observe these unique stars and measure their brightness. Learn how you can join in the fun!

American Meteor Society. We are an organization of amateur and professional meteor scientists and observers founded in 1911, with a common goal of studying meteors: - bright fireballs, the annual meteor showers, and the random sporadic meteors that appear every night.

ALPO Homepage The Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers home page.

Antonio Cidadão's Planetary Imaging Home Page. See the planetary images takes by this Portugese amateur astronomer and find out how he takes his excellent planetary images.

Grassland observatoryArp Galaxy Gallery. View the Arp galaxies as taken by James McGaha and Tim Hunter at their personal observatory, The Grassland Observatory, in southern Arizona.

Astro Archive is an archive site for many astronomy-related mailing listing. These lists can be searched or read by most recent. A description of each list is included along with subscription data.

Astronomy: Amateur An index of amateur astronomical sites.

Astronomical CCD Imaging by Enrico Prosperi gives you a look at universe through this Italian amateur's CCD images. These are primarily deep-sky, including galaxies, supernovae and comets.

Astronomical Society of Kansas City Asteroid and Supernova Patrol. The primary mission of the A.S.K.C. Asteroid and Supernova Patrol is to provide valuable observational follow up of minor planets, comets, and supernovae to the international astronomical community, as well as fulfill the needs of members of the society and the Kansas City community for valid astronomical research and education opportunities using state of the art instrumentation and well-qualified support staff.

The Astro-NW Email List Website: Website for the Astronomy in the NW email list. It has a description of the list, observing projects and notes, astronomy news, and more. Subscribe here!

Bradford Robotic Telescope Visit the site of the British robotic telescope.

Cyberhole Online Astronomy Eclectic information about astronomy, science fiction, and space research.

Deep Sky Database, an online resource for building customized observing lists. There are currently ten different searches available which can be filtered then sorted. The data source is the Saguaro Astronomy Club's database of over 10,000 deep sky objects, valuable observing notes, and much other useful information.

Eric's Black Sun Eclipse Website Eric Flescher, Ed.D ( is the Webmaster for this site on Solar Eclipses.

Expanding Universe: A Classified Search Tool for Amateur Astronomy Amateur astronomy on the Web classified in the Dewey Decimal System. A menu system gets you quickly to the category you want. Also has an alphabetical terms list. Give it a try!

Guide for Astronomers in the Northwest (U.S.) Tons of info for beginners to experts. AstroNews, AstroGallery, guide to observing sites, "Plan an observing session" tool, Astronomy Bookstore, and much more!

IMLTUG - The International Meade LX90 Telescope Users Group This internet group is for new, prospective and current owners of Meade's LX90 8" SCT GOTO telescope. Membership is open to everyone and discussions range from equipment, to technique, astrophotography, star parties and beyond.

International Occultation Timing Association. Learn about stars winking off and on behind the Moon and minor planets. This site includes the latest predictions and observing results.

Lake County Astronomical Society (Illinois) home page. Interesting information for the beginner and the advanced amateur.

Lunar Web Site Logo The Lunar Web Site The Lunar Web Site parallels the now existing AL Lunar Certificate program. Lunar observers can learn about the Moon.

Milkyweb Astronomical Observatory Database want to have "every astronomical observatory" on the world available at a glance, and to connect those, which have an observatory to those who want to find one. This is an international site available in four languages: English, German, Italian, Russian.

Modine Benstead Observatory Home of the Racine (Wisconsin) Astronomical Society.

Deep Sky Guide Logo Ron Muir's Deep Sky Guide offers a database of over 1100 viewable deep sky objects that is divided into Field Guides appropriate for the time of the year. Ron Muir (the Webmaster) has personally viewed most of the objects and has separated each months' offering so that amateur astronomers of differing levels of eyepiece experience or different types of viewing sites will have useful viewing lists. Each Guide is updated monthly and is formatted for easy printing.

Nearby Star Observers (NBSO) is a new Special Interest organization that is dedicated to the sharing of data and information about the closest stars to our Sun. Our primary study range is 20 parsec and includes approx. 1300 stars/systems. 

Terry's Hunt of the Month is a monthly observing list webpage. It contains five monthly observing lists. They are derived from the Messier, Herschel, Herschel II, FWAS Favorites, and The Beyond Messier lists.

Tonkin's Web Page. This is the home of "The Astronomical Unit" bringing the History of Astronomy alive in Schools.  It is also the home of the UK ATM Resources Pages.  This is primarily a U.K. site, but has links to other amateur telescope makers' pages.

Visual Satellite Observer's Home Page If you've ever spent some time star gazing shortly after sunset you've probably noticed one or two 'stars' gracefully sailing across the sky. These are orbiting satellites of various types and ages, visible due to the reflection of the Sun's light off their surfaces towards the observer. The amateur observer can still contribute to this field despite the regular generation of data by USSPACECOM (US SpaceCommand, previously NORAD), NASA and other organisations. Positional measurements of classified satellites such as Keyhole and Lacrosses enable orbital data concerning them to be circulated and observations of various satellites provide an insight into the rarified upper atmosphere and the subtleties of the Earth's gravitational field. Amateurs can also help supplement measurements of tumbling satellites, leading to a better understanding of the near Earth environment.

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Astronomy and Space

American Astronomical Society. The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is the major professional organization in North America for astronomers and other scientists and individuals interested in astronomy.  They provide information on careers in astronomy and other topics.

Carl Koppeschaar's ASTRONET!  ASTRONET offers information on astronomical phenomena and closely follows the news on astronomy, space research, space flight, meteorology and earth sciences. ASTRONET is frequently updated.

Astronomical Society of the Pacific. An organization of professional and amateur astronomers dedicated to the promotion of astronomy, especially to the young. The also hold professional meetings and publish a professional Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. For the general reader, there also publish Mercury magazine.

The ASP also offer the Catalog of National Astonomy Education Projects, a catalog of projects in astronomy education to which anyone around the country can apply or from which anyone can request materials is now available on the Web. It includes workshops, curriculum, computer and audio-visual materials, newsletters, student programs, planetarium and amateur astronomy projects, and awards and grants.

Astronomy and Photography by Mikkel Stiene This site features astrophotos by the author and a list of Hershel objects visible from the Mr. Stiene's homeland of Norway. This list links to the Digital Sky Survey to provide images of all the objects on his lists.

Astronomy Resources on the Net A Croatian site with links to various other astronomy resources on the net.

Bad Astronomy Unfortunately a lot of misinformation is spread about astronomy. Sometimes this information is just plain silly, and sometimes it makes just enough sense that people believe it. I feel obligated to right these wrongs when I can.

Catalog of Extrasolar Planets. Learn about the planets discovered around other solar systems.

Chesley Bonestell Interactive Art Gallery. Visit the universe through the imaginative paintings of the legendary space artist. After you start the tour, be sure to click on the images to see the highest reolution image on the site.

Comet Hale-Bopp at www. Information about the Great Comet of 1997.

Comet Home Page A great source of information on comets, especially those that are currently visible.

David Ransom's Home Page. Satellite tracking heaven.  Mr. Ransom runs the famous RPV BBS and this site is the RPV reflection onto the Web.  There are links to tracking software, orbital elements and many other tracking neccessities.  If you are interested in the Shuttle or sattelite tracking, you should visit here!

DigiDay Free Calendar Program: 365 Days of StarDate. Vision X Software, Inc. and the University of Texas McDonald's Observatory have collaborated to produce "365 Days of StarDate". Based on the nationally syndicated radio program, StarDate provides a daily dose of educational astronomy facts and figures in both a fun and interesting way. Novices as well as more advanced people in the field will enjoy this application.

Galileo Lives!  The Starry Messenger is a dramatic fun filled adaptation of Galileo's short treatise Siderius Nuncius. Galileo (dressed in 17th century costume) arrives at your organization to present a public lecture on his most recent discoveries made using his newly devised spyglass. As he describes those discoveries, Galileo's new method of observation and measurement of nature become apparent. Check out the latest cool stuff from space on, the official online home of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope! Get spectacular pictures of the universe, press releases about Hubble discoveries, telescope facts, astronomy education resources, games, and a special multimedia trip through time.

All about infrared astronomy from NASA's Infrared Processing and Analysis Center Discovery of wonders of observing outside the visual part of the spectrum. This NASA outreach site helps you learn about infrared light and observing in other parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Includes experiments, tutorials, images and even a gallery of Messier objects taken many different parts of the spectrum.

IAU WG on Solar Eclipses International Astronomical Union Working Group on Solar Eclipses. Home page for information on Solar Eclipses, including scheduled observations and reports on solar eclipses already gone by. Run by Jay Pasachoff.

The International Dark Sky Association. Devoted to preserving the sky for all of us, IDA will help you learn to fight light pollution at all levels. Visit this site often, and consider joining the battle through membership and advocacy.

Instituto de Astrofsica de Canarias Home Page of an observatory in the Canary Islands.

The INTER-SOL Programme (ISP) was established by Mr Reinhard Wiechoczek - also founder of the Public Observatory Paderborn - in 1977 after several preparatory tests during 1976. Surveying the different sunspot phenomena, IS (INTER-SOL Index) should give more detailed information about the activity than the common international SIDC (Brussels) which is deriving just one concluding sunspot number "R".

LASCO Comet Hyakutake Page Images of Comet Hyakutake take at perihelion with a heliostat.

LunarSat is an European space mission to send a microprobe into a lunar orbit around 2002. The satellite will investigate the lunar south pole for its suitability for the first permanent human outpost. provides detailed photographic maps of the Moon available, and 300 quizzes about these maps. Each question has a small picture of a part of the Moon and you have to identify the craters, rills, mountains, etc.

Minor Planet Observer.  Discover minor planet (asteroid) observing at the great site.

NASA Eclipse Home Page.  The authoritative site for Eclipse Information, both lunar and solar.  Includes maps for recent and upcoming solar eclipses.

NASA/Kennedy Space Center Home Page Go to the doorway into space.

NASA Shuttle Page

images pic du midi Images and information from Pic du Midi Observatory. It is a premier site for planetary observing and astrophotography.

Project Galileo (JPL) Home Page of the Jupiter Orbiter with the latest images from the Giant Planet.

Rawhide Space Page Brian Webb maintains this site detailing west coast launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base.  He also is starting a database of dark sky observing sites.

The Salopian Web INTERESTED in ASTRONOMY, SPACE, COMPUTING, AMATEUR RADIO & SATELLITES? Then this is the site for you! Filled with lots of useful data and huge links; Monthly sky notes for Astronomers; places to download software. Need a software driver or orbital elements for satellites? - then look no further.

The Sky Guide is a guide to astronomy and stargazing at all levels and for all interests, including equipment, observing, telescope making, astrophotography, and news.

The Star*s Family of Astronomy and Related Resources Another list of astronomy and related sites.

The STScI Digitized Sky Survey Provides images from the Palomar Sky Survey. The displayed image is a result of user-controlled search. This is great for verifying images you have taken that show unusual or suspect objects.

Spacecause If you are interested in supporting NASA and the space program, you can get involved with this Political Action Committee.

The Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing is hosted by the School of Biophysical Sciences and Electrical Engineering at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. The group's main research focus is in computationally-demanding problems in pulsar astrophysics, but it is also involved in education through its exciting online education programme. They are offering online courses in astronomy to an audience of mainly amateur astronomers, which already includes a number of US participants. The group is a major user of the Parkes 64-m radio telescope operated by the Australia Telescope National Facility and has been involved in the discovery and timing of many of the Southern millisecond pulsars.

University of Guam Planetarium. Being the only planetarium IN this part of the world offers us a unique perspective on the evening skies. If you are a visiting professor, aficianado, or just plain curious.

Western Washington University Planetarium. The site includes a page of Native American Starlore, and a page of Cosmic Quotes, amongst others.

The Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) project is designed to close the gap between our current technical capability and our knowledge of the near-infrared sky. This site has many fascinating infrared images taken by the project. Be sure to check-out the picture of the week and the image gallery.

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Commercial Astronomy-Related Sites

Anacortes Telescope and Wild Bird. "When great service and reasonable prices are what you want, please contact us."

Astronomical Adventures Commercial site on astronomical vacations.

The Astronomy Bookshop. The site has a large and interesting selection of astronomy titles, with full details of recommended books.

The Astronomy Mall. Click to some of your favorite astronomy related products and services. Many well known dealers of astronomical goods have sites here.

DGM Optics Off-Axis Newtonian Telescopes feature a Unique, 2-Mirror, Unobstructed Reflector, Offering Exceptional Contrast and Resolution at a Fraction of the Cost of Equal Aperture Refractors.

Eastman Kodak Company Information on film and electronic imaging products.

ISI Systems : Complete Solutions in Digital Imaging

Luckenbach Inn Since The Luckenbach Inn is quite far from large or small cities, our skies are among the darkest in Central Texas. You can easily see the Milky Way with the naked eye. The skies here are as clear as you can find in the area too. We don't have any of our own telescopes for viewers. We have three 8'x8' equilateral triangle pads that form a super-equilateral 16'x16'. We can accommodate scope tripods upto 15 feet, and probably other large base scopes.

Nova Astronomics. The Home Page of the Earth Centered Universe, a great planetrium and telescope control program for Windows 3.1 or 95.

Planet S is a new search directory limited to Astronomy, Space, and Physics. We will have lots of goodies, including a great selection of products to offer.

The Science Company is a well known authorized retailer of Meade and Celestron telescopes as well as other astronomical and science-related material.

Skycamping Worldwide is a travel and tourism business for amateur astronomers. We want to make it easy to get to prime observing locations, enjoy great skies, and learn more about the heavens in the company of other passionate skywatchers.

The Space Media Store offers secure online shopping for leading astronomy software and many other space and astronomy related products.

Spectrum Coatings' mission is to become a leader in front surface mirror and decorative thin film production for Amateur Astronomers, Precision Optical companies, and the Art Glass and Awards industries. Check out their site for more information on their coating process.

Stargazer Steve. Read about a unique offer from amateur astronomer and telescope builder Steve Dodson.

Starmaster Portable Telescopes. Information on what they make and sell. 7-inch through 22-inch Dobsonians and accessories.

Techtron Telescopes. Tom and Jeannie Clark, the owners of Tectron Telescopes, are avid deep-sky observers. In our quest to see ever more, to see all the deep sky objects better than in the photographs, we have designed, built, and used, many telescopes. The design we are building today is the end result of what we have learned from many years of observing, from attending star parties in all four corners of the US, and of studying just about everything available pertaining to telescope making

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Star Parties

Craters of the Moon Star Party will be held at Craters of the Moon National Monument, between Arco and Carey, Idaho, June 11-12, 1999. Sponsored by the Magic Valley and Idaho Falls Astronomical Societies. For more information, contact Jay Sneddon, (208)736-2447 email: or Mark Brandon, (208)357-3540, email:

Black Forest Star Party will be held September 14-16, 2001 at the Cherry Springs State Park, in north central Pennsylvania. Contact Central Pennsylvania Observers, P.O. Box 947, State College, PA 16801.

Great Plains Star Party hosted by the Kansas Astrophotographers and Observers Society from September 27 through October 1, 2000. This is the tenth annual GPSP and they will be celebrating this milestone. The star party site is located 75 miles southwest of Kansas City. For more information contact Larry Madison at 816­229­2394 or by e-mail at:

Idaho Star Party, presented by the Boise Astronomical Society (BAS), August 3-6, This is the 16th Annual edition, being held at the Bruneau Dunes State Park. For more information, visit the BAS website at, e­mail:, or write to: BAS; P.O. Box 8386; Boise, ID 83707. Inquiries may be directed to Mike Blackburn at (208) 375­8850 or Chris Erwin at (208) 363­0427.

Mason-Dixon Star Party will feature the annual meeting of the Mid-East Region of the Astronomical League. Friday, June 11 to Sunday, June 13, 1999 at Spring Valley County Park, York County, Pennsylvania. This telescope and star party will be held in one of the more remote areas in southern York County, situated on a very scenic hill. Thus, with weather permitting, there will be dark skies for observing on Friday and Saturday evenings. All events (except evening viewing) will take place rain or shine!

Mid-Atlantic Star Party. MASP is held on a 2500 acre boy scout reservation. There are two complete scout camps in addition to the Jamboree Camp that we use to take advantage of the large open fields. The "hard facilities" of the summer camp include a 400 seat dining hall and the facilities normally found in a Scout Camp.

Montana Starwatch 2000 is July 28-29, 2000. Come see the sky with us in Southwestern Montana for one of the best "star parties" of summer vacation! Enjoy transparent skies at a wide open viewing site just minutes away from Yellowstone National Park. All the details on how to register will be in our upcoming Starwatch brochure. Call Mike Murray at 406-994-6891, (E-mail: for a brochure and more information on registration.

Mount Magazine Star Party hosted by the River Valley Stargazers, will take place at Mount Magazine (elevation 2,700 feet) Oct. 7-9 1999. Contact Myron Barnum, 76 Observatory Lane, Dover, AR 72837, or call 501-331-3773 (day); 501-331-3620 (evening). E-mail:

Nebraska Star Party, a week-long dark sky event will be held at Merritt Reservoir, 27 miles south of Valentine, Nebraska, July 23 through July 28, 2006. There are many activities available, both astronomical and non-astronomical.  This is a really fun family event.

The 17th Annual Okie-Tex Star Party to be held September 24 thru September 30, 2000. Join us at Camp Billy Joe near Kenton, Oklahoma. Accomodations at the site are excellent and the skies are superb! The Black Mesa area of the Oklahoma Panhandle provide some of the darkest skies available on the North American continent. There are heated and insulated bunkhouses (provided free of charge on a first-come-first-served basis), a large community building, 2 extra-large, powered observing fields, catered lunch and dinner, astronomy vendors, guest speakers, swap meet, and the infamous Okie-Tex Star Party Giveaway!

Starry Nights Festival, The convention with speakers, workshops, and demonstration booths will be held during the days at the Yucca Valley Community Center, and the observing sessions will be held at night in the nearby Joshua Tree National Park. Come to learn about the universe we live in and the different ways we can see it, and take advantage of the dark skies of Yucca Valley and the Joshua Tree National Park.

Table Mountain Star Party information by e-mail at This is a major star party in the Northwest Region and occurs takes place in Washington state.

Texas Star Party, the premier star party of the Southwest. Dark skies, great speakers, a weeklong immersion in amateur astronomy. This site is chocked full of information, and contain all of the information that you can get from the TSP large Information Packet that gets mail out each year.  There are also other items of interest, including pictures, links to TSP astronomy clubs, local west Texas pages, etc.

The White Sands Star Party A beautiful dark sky, glistening White Sand dunes and visits to two outstanding national observatories await you at the Second Annual White Sands Star Party, September 21-23, 2001 at the White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo, New Mexico. Come take advantage of one the nation's premier national parks, and share our passion of observational astronomy with each other and the general public. The opportunity to camp at the White Sands National Monument is included.

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Barlow Planetarium The Barlow Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is a world-class facility for 3-D excitement, giant full-color special effects and crystal-clear, five-channel, 10,000 watt THX surround sound.  You can also read about their "Space Academy".

Explorezone They have added several new Earth, space and weather pages, many of them animated. You can see a complete list on our home page. We've also added: More science news; Search capability; A bulletin board (the q&a zone); The ez science index, which you can put on your own site to help visitors find answers to common Earth, space and weather questions. "A Univere of Discovery" for kids provides information on deep sky objects, an interactive sky map and more. Kids can also ask an expert or join the online astronomy academy.

Messages from Outer Space is a live, interactive, televised electronic field trip for grades 7-12 to the new Moon, Meteorites, and Solar System Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. This is the second part of The Best Stories from Planet Earth series, which also includes A Gem of a Story -- a program about terrestrial gems, crystals, and minerals.

The Notochords Sing! Find out about songs that reinforce scientific concepts.

The Solar System has over 50 pages containing over 200 pictures. It gives a pictorial overview of the solar sytem and quizes you about these pictures.

The Space Center The Space Center is a Space Museum and IMAX Dome Theater located in Alamogordo, New Mexico. The Space Center mixes education with entertainment in its presentation of space history. The International Space Hall of Fame features exhibits ranging from Robert Goddard's early rocket experiments near Roswell, New Mexico, to mockups of tomorrow's space stations. The John P. Stapp Air and Space Park featuring larger exhibits such as the Little Joe II rocket and the rocket sled that Stapp rode to 634 mph.

The Summer Science Program (SSP) in the Ojai Valley (California) is a 6-week residential summer program for high school students that has been running since 1959. Formerly a program of The Thacher School, it is now operated by Summer Science Program, Inc. and held at Happy Valley School in Ojai.

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Astronomy Books (Text and General)

Astronomy: From the Earth to the Universe. Check here for updates and news and other links relevant to Jay Pasachoff's astronomy text.

Peterson Field Guide Peterson Field Guide to the Stars and Planets. Classic book on astronomy, part of the famous Peterson Field Guide series.

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Aviation Weather Center Aviation weather is useful for determining predicted sky conditions for observing.

The Complete Weather Center for the Northwest (U.S.) All live info! Local, Solar, and Jet Stream forecasts. Satellite, Aurora, and Radar images and movies. Weather cams. Current local conditions, and more!

Current and Past Satellite Images From Ohio State University.


METAR TAF Information Terminal Approach Forecast Information (Aviation Weather).

The Old Farmer's Almanac does not tell how they predict the weather, but some amateurs swear by it. You can find out more and get a forecast for your area.

Real-time Weather: Satellite Data Satellite images in visible, infrared and more from the University of Colorado.

SSEC Real Time Data Satellite images from the University of Wisconsin/Madison.

Tom Skilling's Weather Page Tom Skilling (WGN-TV) Meteorologist home page.

Weather forecasts for the United States

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