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Astronomical Computing

IDL Astronomy Library - Downloadable IDL programs for astronomical imaging analysis and other functions.

Astronomy Courses

Astronomy 123 - Cosmology and the Origin of Life - Lecture notes from University of Oregon astronomy course.

Astronomy 150 - Planetary Astronomy - Planetary Astronomy course homepage with links to applicable planetary science content from University of Washington.

Astronomy 161/162 - University of Tennessee - Course notes from University of Tennessee two-semester astronomy course.

College-Level Astronomy Courses - A list of links to over one hundred different college-level astronomy courses, mostly at the "beginner" level. These links were gathered from a search of over six hundred institutions. These pages contain material of value to astronomy students and instructors alike. Practice exams, sample quizzes, lecture notes, homework problems, lab work, observational assignments, and study tips will all be found in these sites.

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space - "SEDS is an independent, student-based organization which promotes the exploration and development of space. SEDS pursues this mission by educating people about the benefits of space, by supporting a network of interested students, by providing an opportunity for members to develop their leadership skills, and inspiring people through our involvement in space-related projects."

Violence in the Cosmos - Short online course. VIOLENCE IN THE COSMOS: Explosive Processes and the Evolution of the Universe.

Astronomy Education Resources

Astronomy Hypertext Book - Hypertext books discussing topics in astronomy, including: •Cosmology and the Origin of Life •Solar System Geology •Properties of Galaxies •Planetary Motion •Inverse Square Law •The Interstellar Medium •Stellar Evolution •Nucleosynthesis in Stars •The Evolution of Star Clusters.

Bad Astronomy - Astronomer Philip Plait's page which dispels astronomical myths and media inaccuracies.

The Constellations and their Stars - Introductory material on stars and constellations.

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space - "SEDS is an independent, student-based organization which promotes the exploration and development of space. SEDS pursues this mission by educating people about the benefits of space, by supporting a network of interested students, by providing an opportunity for members to develop their leadership skills, and inspiring people through our involvement in space-related projects."

Astronomy Images and Animations

Astronomy Digital Image Library - The purpose of the Astronomy Digital Image Library (ADIL) is to collect astronomical, research-quality images and make them available to the astronomical community and the general public.

Astronomy Picture of the Day - Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive - Archive of past images from this popular astronomy image site.

Astroweb "Pretty Pictures" - Extensive catolog of current internet links to astronomical images.

Hubble Telescope Public Pictures - Links to all public images from the Space Telescope Science Institute and the Hubble Telescope.

JPL Information and Image Archive - Information and images from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The Messier Catalog - The purpose of these web pages is to provide a complete guide to the 110 objects recognized as the standard Messier catalog.

The Interactive NGC Catalog - This is the interactive NGC (and IC, and Messier) catalog at SEDS, based on the famous NGC 2000.0 by R.W. Sinnott of Sky Publishing Corp.

The IPAC Gallery - Images from infrared astronomy missions at JPL's Infrared Processing and Analysis Center.

NASA's Planetary Photojournal - Images from NASA's planetary spacecraft.  This service, developed as a collaboration between NASA's Planetary Data System Imaging Node, the Solar System Visualization Project,and JPL's Media Relations Office, is designed to provide you with easy access to the publicly released images from various Solar System exploration programs.

Non Messier, NGC, IC and other Objects - Image database of common NGC, IC and other non-Messier objects.

NSSDC Photo Gallery - Photo Gallery at the National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC)

Planetary Nebulae Image Index Page - Vast collection of images and sketches of planetary nebulae.

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) Digitized Sky Survey - Retrieve images from the STScI Sky Survey.

Welcome to the Planets - This is a collection of many of the best images from NASA's planetary exploration program.

Astronomy Links and Resources

Astronomical World Wide Web Resources - Extensive alphabetical listing of astronomy resources on the web.

Astronomy Courses - List of Astronomy courses available online.

Astronomy Tools on the Web - University of Washington categorized listing of astronomy related resources.

AstroWeb - Astronomy/Astrophysics on the Internet - A collection of pointers to astronomy-related information available on the Internet.

College-Level Astronomy Courses - A list of links to over one hundred different college-level astronomy courses, mostly at the "beginner" level. These links were gathered from a search of over six hundred institutions. These pages contain material of value to astronomy students and instructors alike. Practice exams, sample quizzes, lecture notes, homework problems, lab work, observational assignments, and study tips will all be found in these sites.

Observing the Sky - Astronomy Homework Research Help.  Lists of suitable links for student research projects by subject.

Tybee Evans Astronomy Links - Very extensive list of astronomy and ccd related links,

Astronomy Magazines (electronic and print)

Astronet - ASTRONET offers information on astronomical phenomena and closely follows the news on astronomy, space research, space flight, meteorology and earth sciences.

Astronomy - ASTRONOMY Magazine is the world's largest English-language magazine for astronomy hobbyists.

Astronomy and Astrophysics - Abstracts from this professional journal.

Astronomy and Astrophysics Review - Professional European Astronomy and Astrophysics journal.

Astronomy Digest - Online astronomy magazine presenting timely astronomy and space news articles.

Astronomy Now - Homepage of Britain's leading astronomy magazine.

The Astronomical Journal - Professional journal of the American Astronomical Society.

The Astrophysical Journal - The Astrophysical Journal is the foremost research journal in the world devoted to recent developments, discoveries, and theories in astronomy and astrophysics.

Astrophysics Data Service - This service provides access to scanned images of journal articles since 1975. Contains images of Astrophysical Journal articles from 1983 until one year ago, Astrophysical Journal Letters articles from 1975 to date, Astronomical Journal articles from 1975 to one year ago, PASP from 1975 to six months ago, MNRAS from 1985 to two years ago, RMxAA since 1974 and CoSka since 1983.

The ATM Journal - The Amateur Telescope Making Journal.

Dave's Astronomy Magazine - Excellent amateur electronic magazine.

Space.com - Astronomy, Space, and Weather science news presented in a news magazine format.

Regulus - Online Astronomy Newsletter.  Includes images, articles, sketches and links to numerous resources.

Sky & Telescope - The Essential Magazine of Astronomy. Since 1941 Sky & Telescope has been the world's leading source of accurate and up-to-date information about astronomy and space science. Sky & Telescope appeals to the full spectrum of astronomy enthusiasts, from the novice ready to purchase a first telescope, to the enthusiastic amateur looking to enhance observing skills and equipment, to the professional desiring to keep up with this dynamically changing field.

Astronomy News

Astronomy Picture of the Day - "Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer."

JPL's Space Calendar - The Space Calendar covers space-related activities and anniversaries for the coming year. Included are over 800 links to related home pages.

Latest from the Hubble Space Telescope - Latest images , information and press releases from the HST.

MSNBC Space News - Current space and astronomy news along with educational, interactive java applications.

NASA Today - Latest news from NASA.

Sky & Telescope's Weekly New Bulletin

Skywatcher's Diary - Current highlights and resources for skywatchers.

Space.com - Current in-depth reporting of space-related missions.

SpaceRef.com - Current space and astronomy news, links, book reviews and more. <

The Universe Today - News relating to Space, space exploration news.  Provides a newswire for space-related news stories from around the Internet, updated every weekday.

Astrophotography

Astro-photography Mailing List (APML) Archives - Listserv mailing list that serves the astrophotography community.

Chuck's Astrophotography - Images and Astrophotography articles by Chuck Vaughn.

AstroImages.org - My personal home page with astrophotography, aurorae, and Cookbook CCD images.

Astrophysics

Astrophysics Data Service - This service provides access to scanned images of journal articles since 1975. Contains images of Astrophysical Journal articles from 1983 until one year ago, Astrophysical Journal Letters articles from 1975 to date, Astronomical Journal articles from 1975 to one year ago, PASP from 1975 to six months ago, MNRAS from 1985 to two years ago, RMxAA since 1974 and CoSka since 1983.

Center for Backyard Astrophysics - Group which promotes variable star observing by amateurs.

Extrasolar Encyclopedia - Encyclopedia of research covering the search for extrasolar planets.

The Planetary Data System - The Planetary Data System (PDS) archives and distributes digital data from past and present NASA planetary missions, astronomical observations, and laboratory measurements.

The Planetary Data System Imaging Node - The Imaging Node of the Planetary Data System is the curator of NASA's primary digital image collections from past, present, and future planetary missions. The node provides to the NASA planetary science community the digital image archives, necessary ancillary datasets, software tools, and technical expertise necessary to fully utilize the vast collection of digital planetary imagery.

The Planetary Data System (PDS) Small Bodies Node - The Planetary Data System (PDS) Small Bodies Node (SBN) is located in the Astronomy Department of the University of Maryland, College Park. This node is concerned with gathering, restoring and archiving data sets related to comets, asteroids and interplanetary dust.

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) Digitized Sky Survey - Retrieve images from the STScI Sky Survey.  

X-Ray Astronomy - NRL X-Ray Astronomy Branch.  The X-ray Astronomy Branch is part of the E. O. Hulburt Center for Space Research and the Space Science Division at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC.

Amateur Telescope Making (ATM)

The ATM Journal - The Amateur Telescope Making Journal.

The ATM Page - A resource for amateur telescope making.

ATM List Archives - Archives of the ATM mailing list.  The purpose of this group is to provide a forum to share experiences, ideas, and resources related to Amateur Telescope Making. Typical topics include glass pushing, mount making, and home observatories.  A great resource for amateur telescope making.

Aurora

The Aurora Page - Collection of auroral images, information and links.

AstroImages.org Aurora Images - Images from Alaska and Maine with links to informational sources.


CCD Astronomy

Al Kelly's CCD Astrophotography Page - Cookbook CCD Images by one of the best.

ALT.BINARIES.PICTURES.ASTRO - USENET Newsgroup where amateurs post their latest images (mostly ccd).

CCD University - Excellent tutorials on many aspects of ccd astronomy.  Detailed discussions of: Quantum Efficiency, Blooming vs. Anti-Blooming, Pixel Binning, System Gain, Camera Test Methods, Digitization, Correlated Double Sampling, Readout Noise, Dark Count, System Throughput, Dynamic Range, Charge Transfer Efficiency, and Telescope Optics & Pixel Size.

Cookbook Camera Home Page - Richard Berry's CCD Cookbook camera homepage.

Cookbook Camera Data Sheets - Links to Adobe Acrobat versions of data sheets for all the key components used in the Cookbook camera.

AstroImages.org CCD Images Page - Cookbook Camera images.

Intricate Micro Systems - Tybee Evans, creator of the WIN245 software, offers many online resources to the CCD enthusiast.  Includes C++ image acquisition source code.

SBIG Online - Santa Barbara Instrument Group.  "Since 1989 Santa Barbara Instrument Group has been the leader in Cooled CCD Cameras for Astronomy. From the inexpensive ST-4 to the state of the art ST-8 SBIG has revolutionized CCD imaging for amateurs and professionals."

SCI.ASTRO.CCD-IMAGING - USENET Newsgroup devoted to Astronomical CCD cameras and image processing.

CCD Image Galleries

Al Kelly's CCD Astrophotography Page - Outstanding images from one of the best CCD amateur astronomers.  Equipment: Celestron 8 (f10/f5.6); 17.5" f/4.5 Newtonian; 32" f/4 Newtonian; CB245.

CCD Amateur Astronomy - by Richard Jacobs, M.D.  Outstanding introduction to CCD astronomy.  "This WebPage is intended to encourage you to consider the amazing hobby of amateur astronomy using this new technology. I do not consider myself to be an astrophotographer. Rather, I think of myself as a celestial tourist who likes to keep a visual record of my visits. I hope you enjoy the sights!"

AstroImages.org CCD Astronomy Homepage - My own CCD images of nebulae, galaxies and star clusters.  Equipment: Meade 16" f/4.5 Newtonian; CB245.

Robert Gendler's CCD Gallery - Incredible gallery.  Equipment includes: 12.5" F9 Ritchey-Chretien Cassegrain made by Optical Guidance Systems, Takahashi FCT 150 Refractor; Astrophysics 900 GTO mount; SBIG ST-8E.

Ed Grafton's CCD Astronomy Page - Must-see, high-resolution tricolor images. Equipment: Celestron C14 f/11; SBIG ST-6. 

Gregg's Astronomy Page - Equipment: 10" f/10 LX200; Starlight Xpress SXV-H9.

Images from the Night Sky - Outstanding CCD images from William McLaughlin. Equipment: 12.5" f/9 Ritchie Cassegrain mounted on Astrophysics 1200 GTO; Celestron C8 mounted on a Losmandy G-11; SBIG ST-7.

Bruce Johnston's CCD Images - CCD images from the creator of Megafix (Image Processing Software).  Equipment: Meade 10" f/6.3 LX200; SBIG ST-7E.

Shoji Suzuki's CCD Astro-Imaging - Equipment: Celestron C11 - 11", f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain; Vixen R200SS - 8", f/4 Newtonian reflector; SBIG ST-8; AO-7.

Rob West's CCD Astronomy Homepage - Equipment: Meade 10" LX200; CB245.

Cosmology

Astronomy 123 - Cosmology and the Origin of Life - Lecture notes from University of Oregon astronomy course.

Galaxies, Nebulae and Stars

The Interactive NGC Catalog Online - This is the interactive NGC (and IC, and Messier) catalog at SEDS, based on the famous NGC 2000.0 by R.W. Sinnott of Sky Publishing Corp.

The Messier Catalog - The purpose of these web pages is to provide a complete guide to the 110 objects recognized as the standard Messier catalog.

The Messier Index - Information and images of all Messier objects.

NGC/IC Project Home Page - The NGC/IC Project is a collaborative effort between professional and amateur astronomers working together to correctly identify all of the original NGC and IC objects, starting with the original discoverer's notes and working forward in time to encompass the work of contemporary astronomers, both professional and amateur, such that the identity of each of the NGC and IC objects is known with as much certainty as we can reasonably bring to it from the existing historical record.

The Web Nebulae - If you look up at the night sky with your naked eye all you see is a black void with a few points of white light. But with a camera and a telescope an entirely different view unfolds in brilliant color and amazing detail. The pages that follow introduce a few of these spectacular objects. The study of the physics of many of these objects is of considerable scientific importance but their simple beauty can be enjoyed by all.


Multimedia Astronomy Tours

The Aurora Page - Information, links and images about the "Northern Lights".

 The Messier Catalog - The purpose of these web pages is to provide a complete guide to the 110 objects recognized as the standard Messier catalog

The Nine Planets - A multimedia tour of the solar system. The Nine Planets is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information.

Views of the Solar System - Views of the Solar System has been created as an educational tour of the solar system. It contains images and information about the Sun, planets, moons, asteroids, comets and meteoroids found within the solar system. It contains over 220 pages of information, over 950 high-resolution images and animations, and over 880 megabytes of data.

Virtual Solar System - National Geographic’s Virtual Solar System.  Discover the wonders of our solar system in a spectacular 3-D environment. Take a fly-by tour of the sun and each planet in its orbit, observe close-up views of the planets, extra-terrestrial weather patterns, and more.

The Web Nebulae - If you look up at the night sky with your naked eye all you see is a black void with a few points of white light. But with a camera and a telescope an entirely different view unfolds in brilliant color and amazing detail. The pages that follow introduce a few of these spectacular objects. The study of the physics of many of these objects is of considerable scientific importance but their simple beauty can be enjoyed by all.

Windows to the Universe - Multimedia tour of the Solar System and space.  Includes resources for teachers.

Observing Aids and References

Geostationary Satellite Server - View recent GOES Satellite images in visible, infrared and water vapor for your observing area.  Useful in determining current sky conditions.

Night Sky Information - Weekly information about the night sky and articles on selected astronomical topics.

Skywatcher's Diary - Current highlights and resources for skywatchers.

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) Digitized Sky Survey - Retrieve images from the STScI Sky Survey.  

Your Sky - Interactive planetarium of the Web.  Produce maps  for any time and date, viewpoint, and observing location.  If you enter the orbital elements of an asteroid or comet, Your Sky will compute its current position and plot it on the map.

Solar System

Asteroids and Comets - Information and images from NASA about asteroids and comets.

Comet Hale-Bopp Home Page - With over 4,400 images, this site has the largest collection of Comet Hale-Bopp images in the world available on the Internet.

The Nine Planets - A multimedia tour of the solar system. The Nine Planets is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information.

The Planetary Data System - The Planetary Data System (PDS) archives and distributes digital data from past and present NASA planetary missions, astronomical observations, and laboratory measurements.

The Planetary Data System Imaging Node - The Imaging Node of the Planetary Data System is the curator of NASA's primary digital image collections from past, present, and future planetary missions. The node provides to the NASA planetary science community the digital image archives, necessary ancillary datasets, software tools, and technical expertise necessary to fully utilize the vast collection of digital planetary imagery.

The Planetary Data System (PDS) Small Bodies Node - The Planetary Data System (PDS) Small Bodies Node (SBN) is located in the Astronomy Department of the University of Maryland, College Park. This node is concerned with gathering, restoring and archiving data sets related to comets, asteroids and interplanetary dust.

The Planetary Rings Node - The Rings Node of the Planetary Data System is devoted to archiving, cataloging and distributing scientific data sets relevant to planetary ring systems.

Solar System Live - The interactive Orrery of the Web. You can view the entire Solar System, or just the inner planets (through the orbit of Mars). Controls allow you to set time and date, viewpoint, observing location, orbital elements to track an asteroid or comet, and a variety of other parameters.

Welcome to the Planets - This is a collection of many of the best images from NASA's planetary exploration program.

Windows to the Universe - Multimedia tour of the Solar System and space.  Includes resources for teachers.

Views of the Solar System - Views of the Solar System has been created as an educational tour of the solar system. It contains images and information about the Sun, planets, moons, asteroids, comets and meteoroids found within the solar system. It contains over 220 pages of information, over 950 high-resolution images and animations, and over 880 megabytes of data.

Space Agencies, Missions

Cassini - The Cassini Orbiter's mission consists of delivering a probe (called Huygens, provided by ESA) to Titan, and then remaining in orbit around Saturn for detailed studies of the planet and its rings and satellites.

Galileo Homepage - "Welcome to the Project Galileo Home Page! Check out our extensive collection of just-released images and data from Jupiter, read a brief introduction to the mission, and join the excitement as we take you through Galileo's exploration of our solar system's largest planet."

Hubble Space Telescope - Information from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Space Telescope Science Institute.  Includes: What's new · Latest pictures · Pictures by subject · Animations · Background information.

Mars Pathfinder - Welcome to Mars - Images, video and information from the Pathfinder mission to Mars, which landed on the red planet on July 4, 1997.

The NASA Homepage - Main Homepage for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.  Links to images, information and resources.

NRL X-Ray Astronomy Branch - Naval Research Lab X-Ray Astronomy information on current research.

Telescopes and Accessories

Astromart - Astronomy classified advertisements.

Astronomy Mall.com - Astronomy Products, Services and Classified Advertisements.

The ATM Page - A resource for amateur telescope making.

ATM List Archives - Archives of the ATM mailing list.  The purpose of this group is to provide a forum to share experiences, ideas, and resources related to Amateur Telescope Making. Typical topics include glass pushing, mount making, and home observatories.  A great resource for amateur telescope making.

Lumicon - Specializes in filters.  Also offers the Newtonian Easy Guider and source for hypered film.

Meade Instruments Corporation - Makers of telescopes and accessories.

The Microguider III - A Telescope to Computer Interface Device you can build.

Be sure to also visit my other astronomy pages!

Astrophotography - Color images of comets, the Moon, nebulae, galaxies and the Milky Way.  Each image includes a description of the object, links to further information and how the image was taken.

Aurora Images - Color images of the Aurora Borealis or northern Lights from Alaska and Maine. Includes a description of the cause of the lights.  

CCD Images - CCD camera images of galaxies, nebulae, and star fields.

Astronomy Books - Astronomy books that have helped me personally in my studies of astronomy, astrophotography, ccd imaging and image processing.  

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