|Astronomical Calendar ~ Several astronomical calendars are available online, but few have the pedigree of this one. For over 43 years, Guy Ottewell published in print and nowadays, maintains his offer electronically. As an academic and British citizen, Mr. Ottewell has led an interesting life. He is an artist, author and teacher: plus a former school librarian for the Navajo in Arizona.
|Astronomical Magnitude ~ Magnitude ranks the apparent luminosity of celestial bodies. The lower its value, the brighter an object appears. Some say, the human eye can spot features down to mag +6 (Uranus) under perfect circumstances; yet mag +5 is more reliable. The planet Jupiter approaches mag -3 while Venus lies towards mag -5. The full moon is -13 and the Sun, -26.
|Astronomy Calendar ~ There is a tendency among some drawn to astrology, to act as if this subject only exists in two dimensions, rather than the entire universe around us. This is a huge mistake, as they are depriving themselves of much interest and pleasure. Here is one of the clearest calendars of events in the sky I’ve seen. It covers 2017 and right on through until 2030…
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…
|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
|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…
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.
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.
|Astronoo ~ All kinds of intriguing information, relating to every aspect of astronomy and to the sphere of earth sciences. I couldn’t figure out whether this site is constantly updated, or hasn’t been anybody’s special brainchild for several years, so in the end I decided that it didn’t matter. Remember to allow a certain tolerance, for an automatic tranlation from the original French.
|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…
|A Tiny Glimpse ~ Okay, this is another of those exercises marvelling at the infinity of space and that will leave your mind boggled, by the enormity of Creation. You will need Adobe Flash installed, or can use the free Puffin Browser that I recommended last week, on any mobile device. The music is rather annoying and superfluous, but with the sound off it’s a fascinating experience.
|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
|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.
|Bayer Designation ~ Once your fascination for astrology goes beyond the written word, it won’t be long before you have to face the stellar fiduciary in person. The Bayer designation is one way of pinpointing each star in its own constellation directly. This assigns the brightest, to letters of the Greek alphabet. Latin variants ensue, though obviously you’d never have imagined otherwise.