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SPACE AND ASTRONOMY


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  1. A Space Library - "Welcome to a space library, a NASA/JPL/Caltech spyglass on the cosmos. Here you will find a mixture of space-related images and programs which will help you visualize the Solar System and NASA space missions using computer graphics."
  2. A Virtual Tour of the Sun
  3. Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
  4. Asteroids: NASA - Current information from NASA.
  5. Astrobiology at NASA - Site offers the latest astrobiology news, an introduction to and overview of the study of astrobiology, discussions on the technologies used and future missions, workshop links, educational resources, and an 'Ask an Astrobiologist' feature.
  6. Astronomy Magazine - updated every week with astronomy news.
  7. Astronomy - Courtesy of Yahoo
  8. Astronomer Magazine, The
  9. Astronomy Picture of the Day
  10. Astronomy Today - "Here at Astronomy Today you'll find lots of articles on astronomy, cosmology, space exploration plus regularly updated space news and a monthly sky guide."
  11. Astronomy - What's Up This Month? - monthly updates on astronomical events, star charts for the month, photos, charts, and more.
  12. The Aurora Page
  13. Bad Astronomy - "Examples of mistakes in the media, movies, and on television are found on this searchable site. They are utilized as the method to explain actual science. Author is an astronomer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
  14. Basics of Space Flight - This is a training module designed primarily to help JPL operations people identify the range of concepts associated with deep space missions and grasp the relationships these concepts exhibit for space flight. It also enjoys growing popularity among high school and college students, as well as faculty and people everywhere who are interested in interplanetary space flight.
  15. Caltech Dept. of Astronomy
  16. Cassini Mission to Saturn - Cassini is sending back a crop of clear still and animated images of Jupiter. The Cassini is ultimately scheduled to enter orbit around Saturn in 2004.
  17. Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams - report a new finding on the sky for comets, planets, stars, galaxies etc.
  18. Comet Shoemaker-Levy Home Page


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  1. The Discovery of a Planetary Orbit Around The Nearby Star 51 Pegasi
  2. Earth and Moon Viewer - You can view either a map of the Earth showing the day and night regions at this moment, or view the Earth from the Sun, the Moon, the night side of the Earth, above any location on the planet specified by latitude, longitude and altitude, from a satellite in Earth orbit, or above various cities around the globe
  3. Earth from Space - Site presents the NASA Space Shuttle Earth Observations Photography database of over 375,000 images. A clickable map allows you to view landscapes, hurricanes and weather, water habitats, and other geographic features.
  4. Explore the Moon -What's it like to walk on the moon? Join the Apollo astronauts on the surface in this series of stunning 360-degree panoramas, one each from the six successful Apollo moon landings. Shot by the astronauts themselves during their historic moonwalks, these QuickTime images capture the magic and mystery of the moon like no standard photograph can.


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  1. Galileo Space Probe Home Page, The - updated every day with amazing images and other data from the Planet Jupiter and its moons.
  2. Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth - This NASA site gives you access to all photographs taken since 1961.
  3. Griffith Observatory
  4. GRIN: Great Images in Nasa - Site provides a collection of over a thousand images of significant historical interest scanned at high-resolution in several sizes. This collection is intended for the media, publishers, and the general public looking for high-quality photographs.
  5. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  6. Healthy Planet - NASA Site: "Satellites as sentinels for health & Environment."
  7. Hubble Space Telescope Home Page - Space Telescope Science Institute
  8. Hubble Space Telescope Public Pictures
  9. Hubble Telescope Greatest Hits, 1990 to 1995
  10. Human Space Flight: Apollo History - This NASA site offers the history of the Apollo program. The Apollo program was designed to land humans on the Moon and bring them safely back to Earth. Details, facts and information about all 11 of the Apollo program space flights, including those flights in earth or lunar orbit and those that actually landed on the Moon.
  11. Inconstant Moon: multimedia tours of the lunar surface - "Explore the Moon... discover its dramatic features and phenomena - often beautiful, sometimes bizarre, always changing. Inconstant Moon will take you on a new tour each night, with maps, photos, explanations, animations, selected links and even music!"



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  1. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  2. Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon - "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. This digital archive consists of the complete set of 675 plates. Images in the archive have been enhanced to display the best photo quality possible."
  3. MAP - The Microwave Anisotropy Probe - NASA site presents information on a mission that will measure the temperature of the cosmic background radiation over the full sky with unprecedented accuracy. This map of the remnant heat from the Big Bang will provide answers to fundamental questions about the origin and fate our our universe.
  4. Mars: The Hubble Photo - Frosty white water ice clouds and swirling orange dust storms above a vivid rusty landscape reveal Mars as a dynamic planet in this sharpest view ever obtained by an Earth-based telescope.
  5. Mars Pathfinder
  6. Mars Team Answers Your Questions
  7. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Home Page
  8. NASA - Ames Research Center
  9. NASA: Earth Observatory - The purpose of NASA's Earth Observatory is to provide a freely-accessible publication on the Internet where the public can obtain new satellite imagery and scientific information about our home planet. The focus is on Earth's climate and environmental change.
  10. NASA - Featured Images and Galleries.
  11. NASA - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  12. NASA - Johnson Space Center
  13. NASA - Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio
  14. NASA - Planetary Photojournal
  15. NASA - Photo Gallery
  16. NASA - Today at NASA
  17. NASA - WebStars - Astrophysics on the Web
  18. National Air and Space Museum
  19. New Images from the Spitzer Space Telescope - A new window to the universe has opened with today's release of the first dazzling images from NASA's newly named Spitzer Space Telescope.
  20. New Scientist: Planet Science
  21. The Nine Planets
  22. Planet Finder - This applet shows the locations of the planets, stars, moon, and sun in the sky from any location and for any date and time.
  23. Planet Quest: The Search for Another Earth - This site by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory details their search for another Earth -- entailing light-seeking interferometers, interstellar telescopic wizardry, and scientific passion that aims to rejuvenate space program. connecting classrooms around the country with scientific frontiers.
  24. Planetary Fact Sheets - This site by NASA's National Space Science Data Center provides fact sheets for every planet and for many minor bodies, including information on mass, rotation and revolution periods, atmospheric composition, magnetospheric information, and much more.
  25. Planetary Photojournal, The - For for an out-of-this-world journey, take a pictorial tour of the solar system, courtesy of NASA. The Planetary Photojournal also lets you keep track of new image releases.
  26. Potentially Hazardous Asteroids - By monitoring Potentially Hazardous Asteroids and updating their orbits as new observations become available, this NASA site predicts the close-approach statistics and thus their Earth-impact threat.


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  1. SEDS: Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
  2. San Diego Aerospace Museum
  3. Satellite Tracking - NASA's J-Track lets you follow a fairly large list of satellites and space craft. With real-time maps.
  4. Sky Map - Produce sky maps for any time and date, viewpoint, and observing location. If you enter the orbital elements of an asteroid or comet, Site will compute its current position and plot it on the map. Each map is accompanied by an ephemeris for the Sun, Moon, planets, and any tracked asteroid or comet.
  5. Sky & Telescope Magazine - for the more technically advanced reader, but the Home Page is written so that anyone can understand it.
  6. Solar Eclipse: Stories from the Path of Totality - Exploratorium's site focuses on the science and natural wonder of eclipse.
  7. Solar Eclipse Paths: 1995-2000
  8. Solar System Exploration - Solar System Exploration is one of four space science themes for the Office of Space Science at NASA. This site is your launching pad to find out more about the programs and people in them.
  9. Solar System Live
  10. Solar System Simulator - allows you to view any planet as seen from any other planet. Gaze at Jupiter from Venus or Earth from Pluto
  11. Space.com - A definitive Web site dedicated to space and all space-related subjects. It focuses on news, information, education and entertainment.
  12. Space Environment Center - This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration site, the official source of space weather alerts, warnings, and forecasts, provides current information on geomagnetic storms, solar winds, solar flares, and aurora activity.
  13. Space Images Libraries
  14. Space Station Science Operations News - Last news from NASA.
  15. Spacewatch - This site by Space.com offers spectacular images in the latest top space stories.
  16. SpaceWeather.com - News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids. Daily monitoring of solar flares, geomagnetic storms, Earth's aurora, and all forms of space weather.
  17. Space Weather Forecast - daily weather reports from space, including Solar Storms and Meteor Showers, plus an introduction to Space Weather.
  18. StarChild: A Learning Center for Young Astronomers - introduction to the solar system and space exploration for youngsters.


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  1. Tonight's Sky - Each day's segment is designed to guide your eye to something you can see that night, or the next morning before dawn. It might be a constellation, a star, or a planet. Or it might be a celestial event, such as an eclipse.
  2. University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy
  3. Virtual Solar System - take a trip, courtesy of the National Geographic Society.
  4. Virtual Trips to Black Holes and Neutron Stars - site takes you on a fantasy trip into a black hole and neutron star. The movies are computer animations, and are scientifically accurate. There is also a published paper from the American Journal of Physics, geared for college students.
  5. Visible Earth - a searchable directory from NASA of images, visualizations, and animations of the Earth.


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  1. Web Nebulae
  2. Welcome to the Planets
  3. Windows to the Universe - user-friendly learning system on the Earth and Space sciences for the use of the general public. Developed by NASA.

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