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Astro Bob ~ Bob is an astronomer rather than an astrologer, so he is looking at the spectrum of celestial activity rather than figuring out what this could mean for us here on Earth. Still, his strapline promotes a focus on celestial events you can see from your backyard. His commentary is accessible and regularly updated, so all in all I like this WordPress blog, very much indeed…
Astronomical Applications Department ~ A great site, coming believe it or not from the US military, the navy to be precise. There has been a lengthy connection between seafarers and the stars, and here it really shows, with some fascinating information about the Moon in particular and eclipses for example. Somehow I don’t think they’ll be linking back though…
Astronomy.com ~ The online presence of Astronomy magazine and a great source of information for the latest in important cosmic happenings, space exploration and discovery. Much of this is freely available to everyone, with additional content for subscribers and for those who have purchased the magazine itself.
Astronomy.FM ~ Astronomy.FM is as the name suggests, an online radio station broadcasting 24/7 about astronomy and other closely connected science subjects. It’s also home to a network of amateur stargazers, with features like the Amateur Astronomy Picture of the Day, the Astronomy Word(s) of the Day and On This Day in Astronomy History…
Astronomy Games ~ Several websites on the theme of understanding astronomy offer online games aimed at a younger audience. These are intended to nurture an interest in the cosmos and are geared towards almost every age. My favourite on this site from the Glasgow Science Centre is called Alien Attack. It is like playing Space Invaders, back in my misspent youth…
astronomyLINKS ~ Astrologers must ultimately understand how astrological principles can better be applied to the night sky. Here you’ll find links to virtually every category of astronomical study, thus starting you on your voyage of discovery. This site is subject to full editorial control, so you won’t be wasting your time…
Astronomy Media Player ~ Supposedly in beta though now likely not to leave this phase, the Astronomy Media Player is considered defunct by its creator Stuart Lowe, a research associate at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics. I believe it still constitutes a great collection of astronomy podcasts all together in one place, with a few rough edges obviously.
Astronomy Now ~ For over two decades, Astronomy Now has been a source of reference for both amateur and professional astronomers. It is the UK’s best-selling astronomy magazine with an equally engrossing website you can check out here. You’ll find the latest astronomy stories plus pictures, video and links to further information…
Astronomy of Middle-earth ~ Dr. Kristine Larsen is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Central Connecticut State University. She has made a study of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and has found many references to the celestial bodies that feature within the setting of his stories. You may not agree with all she says, but it’s a detailed and original angle certainly…
Astronomy Picture of the Day ~ Otherwise known as APOD, this site is truly an Internet institution, with fresh photographic evidence of some new facet of the universe offered daily since June 1995. Each image has also been annotated and archived, now forming the largest astronomy collection available on the Internet.
Astronomy Resources at STScI ~ STScI stands for the Space Telescope Science Institute, making a wide range of learned resources available for the professional or more serious student of astronomy. Much of what you will find here is very technical, but there are links through to other sites for those seeking more mainstream explanations.
Astronomy: Stars and Planets ~ An astronomy website written by a layman, whose first language isn’t English and that hasn’t been updated in years, probably doesn’t sound like an encouraging proposition. But there is enough information here about the planets and stars that surround us to keep you intrigued, all formulated to make the learning process an enjoyable experience.
Astrophotography ~ As I write this, Thierry Legault is in the news with his pictures of the space shuttle Atlantis pulling the Hubble space telescope from orbit on a recent repair mission, as both pass in front of the Sun. While you’re there look around the rest of his website though, the space imagery is among the best you’ll discover anywhere…
Aurora Galleries ~ I have never seen an aurora, but keep telling myself that along with the midnight sun, it is something of my duty to witness one of these for myself. The pictures in the Spaceweather.com aurora gallery are simply stunning, and while many now enter the serious aurora season, new pictures are being submitted thick and fast.
BAA Comet Section ~ No, nothing to do with stargazing sheep, but this will be my last recommendation on the subject of comet watching for a short while at least, I promise you. The British Astronomical Association maintains details of currently observable comets from the UK in particular, but is still a useful source of reference from those based elsewhere.
Black Hole Encyclopedia ~ A great contribution from StarDate Online, the educational outreach arm of the University of Texas McDonald Observatory. The directory of known black holes is especially fascinating, with a catalogue of those ranging from roughly the size of a city, through to supermassive offerings that are larger than our entire solar system…