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Moon Zoo ~ The images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter show the Moon’s surface in remarkable detail, including features down to about 50 cm across. Here is your chance to help count craters on the lunar surface along with areas of boulders too, both important factors when it comes to understanding the history of our satellite…
Naked Eye Planets ~ Excellent source of reference for those interested in the night sky and who’d like to extend their knowledge beyond what they’ve seen or read on their computer screen. Actively updated and with lots of intriguing visuals, you will soon be abreast of the latest celestial happenings, learning how to spot some of these planets for yourself.
Name Conflicts And Minor Planets ~ With the quantity of minor planets fast approaching the number of words in the English language, it is not surprising there has been some duplication. You’d need to be a scholar to pick out certain references, but others are more obvious. Every outer planet bar Pluto for instance has at least one moon, with the same name as an asteroid.
Names Of Minor Planets ~ This is an exercise for advanced students of astrology. Look at this list of named minor planets. It includes dwarf planets, asteroids, trojans, centaurs, Kuiper belt objects and other trans-Neptunian bodies. Find a name with significance to you and plot it on your birthchart. Consider: Paul (3525) is in my first house, Wade (4710) on my midheaven…
NASA ~ Over the years I’ve recommended many subsections of this enormous site, but curiously I’ve never linked directly to their home page. This is my opportunity to put things right and to encourage you to visit what’s probably the best astronomy site out there. It’s the National Aeronautics and Space Administration folks… Enjoy!
NASA Exoplanet Archive ~ The European Space Agency (ESA) and China National Space Administration (CNSA) are making great progress, but the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) remains your first port of call for everything you want to know about space. Last week’s recommendation mentioned 4,016 confirmed exoplanets. This week sees another nine.
NASA JPL Spooky Sounds ~ NASA’s mission spacecraft to Jupiter, Saturn and beyond are equipped with instruments to record radio emissions and sometimes sounds directly. Converting all of this data in to audio reveals a fascinating cacophany of bizarre and unworldly noises, emanating from these planets and their moons including Ganymede, Titan and Enceladus.
NASA: Ocean Worlds ~ Before you get too excited, we’re not talking Waterworld here. Scientists believe that Enceladus, the sixth largest moon of Saturn, may possess some water under 20-25 miles of ice. Europa, the fourth moon of Jupiter might even have water on its surface. Water, of course, equals life as we know it. We are probably talking microbes at best, but it’s a first.
National Space Science Data Center ~ The National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) website serves as a permanent archive for NASA space science mission data. Space science includes astronomy and astrophysics, solar and space plasma physics, planetary and lunar science too. This site offers access to related data for researchers and the general public…
Natural Satellite ~ A natural satellite or moon, is an astronomical body orbiting either a planet, or a recognised minor planet instead. Throughout our Solar System in late 2016, there were 178 natural satellites circling within six planetary subsystems: covering the Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Four designated dwarf planets are known to have satellites, so far.
Near-Earth Asteroid 3753 Cruithne ~ Erroneously highlighted as the Earth’s second Moon, asteroid Cruithne actually shares the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. This site is maintained by Paul Wiegert and has the latest facts concerning this astronomical oddity, written by a man at the forefront of Cruithne’s observation.
Neave Planetarium ~ Paul Neave’s speciality is interaction design and this is his personal website, where he gets to showcase his talents and test-drive ideas he might not get to develop otherwise. Check out a certain one I won’t mention and that’s no surprise, but his planetarium is great and lists every star that should be visible with the naked eye…
NEODyS-2 ~ This website has all the latest scientific opinion on the Near-Earth Asteroids. It is sponsored by the European Space Agency and the University of Pisa, among others. There is a focus on pinpointing future hazards and especially, when a sizeable asteroid might next hit the Earth. (99942) Apophis is currently the main contender, with an approach to watch in 2068.
New Horizons ~ With the excitement and speculation surrounding the true nature of the Pluto/Charon binary, it is easy to forget that a space mission to take a closer look is already on the way. This is the official website of NASA’s New Horizons mission, which lifted off in January 2006 to rendezvous with both these bodies in July 2015.
New Planet ~ Michael E. Brown is Professor of Planetary Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology. He also jointly discovered object 2003 UB313, already known to many astrologers as Xena, although apparently the use of this name is both premature and erroneous. You can find out all the latest at Professor Brown’s website…
Peoria Astronomical Society ~ The Peoria Astronomical Society has heaps of information in the deeper recesses of its website, about the constellations of the zodiac and all the other cosmic patterns beyond this narrow sector of the sky. But maybe its members prefer to keep much of this data under wraps, since who knows what reckless hands, it could fall into otherwise?