(See also the bookmarks on
General astronomy bookmarks
The Naked Sky
is a quarterly printable description of interesting things in the sky accessible to amateur astronomers and skygazers. Good if you feel like going out and looking up tonight. :-)
some cool astronomy-related Java applets
, most notably
an interactive sky chart
. Also, Aaron Barnett has a similar applet,
, that uses a different projection.
Phil Plait's ‘Bad Astronomy’
critiques depictions of astronomy in popular media. He's also got a great
archive of his ‘Bitesize Astronomy’ columns
, which are fun to browse through.
Bill Arnette's ‘The Nine Planets’
is a good overview of the solar system.
Mike Brown’s Planets
is a blog by a CalTech astronomer who has discovered lots of trans-Neptunian objects.
has reference material (including an atlas) about the moon.
Space probes and satellites
2001 Mars Odyssey
The Hubble Space Telescope
's front page is messed up at the moment, but some of the most impressive pictures are on available on the
Hubble Heritage Project
NEAR Shoemaker mission to Eros
resulted in some amazing photos from the surface, some taken by a rover. (For the pictures, choose
the archive of the web site at mission's end
.) Some of the pictures are available as 3-D anaglyphs, and one place you can order red-green 3-D glasses from is
). Seeing the pictures in 3-D makes a surprising amount of difference to your ability to interpret the rubble-strewn landscape.
Mars Global Surveyor
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
) is a good place to start to look for information about other space missions.
The Russian Space Science Internet site
is available in English and Russian at
. They host the site of the
Space Research Institute
A memorial to astronauts and cosmonauts who died on the job
. (Not yet updated for the
Space Station Science Picture of the Day
. The picture for April 8, 2003, showed how to drink tea with chopsticks.
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