Astronomy

NASA JPL: Cassini Equinox Mission

Category: AstronomyCool Site: June  2010
Learn about Saturn and its moons. See the latest video and images coming from the Cassini spacecraft. Monitor the countdown for Cassini's next encounter. With resources for space enthusiasts and teachers alike, no wonder this website won the 2009 Webby award in the Science category.

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Gigagalaxy Zoom

Category: AstronomyCool Site: February  2010
An amazing sky map from the European Southern Observatory (Chile). Comprehensive and engrossing content, something that all sky observers will love - especially city slickers.

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Hubble Telescope: Black Holes

Category: AstronomyCool Site: April  2009
Take an interactive voyage into the universe of black holes with the folks who operate the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Sungazer

Category: AstronomyCool Site: April  2009
You can't usually stare at the sun, but here, you can. This site provides several ways to see the sun close up. Includes images, equipment needed, resources, and podcasts.

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NASA's First 50 Years: An Interactive Journey

Category: AstronomyCool Site: December  2008
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An interactive tour of NASA's first five decades of exploration, featuring virtual pavilions, clickable models and exhibits, video galleries, astronauts, presidents, and a robot guide named Automa.

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PlanetQuest: the Search for Another Earth

Category: AstronomyCool Site: March  2005
PlanetQuest is NASA's public home page for new planet discoveries and research. The site includes many multimedia features including a virtual tour of the Keck Observatory and an Interstellar Trip Planner. The free Flash player is required for some sections.

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Amazing Space: Explorations

Category: AstronomyCool Site: March  2005
Online explorations are a fun, interactive way to explore galaxies, black holes, comets, and other fascinating objects. Some of the interactive pieces require the free Flash player.

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Solar Folklore

Category: AstronomyCool Site: November  2004
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Most cultures have recognized the significance of the sun as prime controller of all life on earth. Read myths, legends, and tales about the sun from the Stanford Solar Center.

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Cool Cosmos

Category: AstronomyCool Site: July  2004
Learn about infrared light through fun games, cool movies, images, and more. Classroom activities and a Spanish-language version of the site are also available. You'll need the free Flash plug-in to access the Flash version of the site. HTML version also available.

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Venus Transit 2004 Sun-Earth Day

Category: AstronomyCool Site: July  2004
What's the Sun's connection to the Earth? What is the Transit of Venus? Find out through the many multimedia resources at this NASA site.

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Earth as Art

Category: AstronomyCool Site: March  2004
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Don’t let the less-than-fancy front page fool you: There’s art in here. NASA’s Landsat has taken some remarkable pictures of our earth and given us views that would be at home on the walls of your local gallery. Browse by continent, or look through the index of all the photos at once.

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Amazing Space

Category: AstronomyCool Site: March  2004
At this site, students can use Web-based activities to learn about the solar system, train to be a scientist, follow a star's life cycle, and more. Click on "For Educators and Developers" to access interactive activities, science-content reading selections, and answers to astronomy basics. There’s also helpful information on developing and funding education/public-outreach programs. (This site uses Flash.)

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Live! Universe

Category: AstronomyCool Site: November  2003
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This Japanese project presents live webcasts and phenomena and events in astronomy and space science around the globe.

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The Mars Project

Category: AstronomyCool Site: November  2003
Will Earthlings ever try to inhabit Mars? What would a human colony look like? This site imagines a Mars where humans are landing at a rate of 2,000 a week. Take a look at what some people think is the fate of Mars and then imagine one of your own

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Cosmic Evolution: From Big Bang to Humankind

Category: AstronomyCool Site: April  2003
This site traces the cosmic origin and evolution of matter and energy from the Big Bang to 12 billion years later. You'll learn from movies, diagrams, animations and educational activities. From Tufts University, Wright Center for Science Education, and the Foundation for the Future. You'll need the free QuickTime Player and free RealPlayer for the movies.

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Interactive Mars Habitat

Category: AstronomyCool Site: February  2003
Journey to Mars with this Web-based simulator!

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Astronauts' Views of the Home Planet: Earth from Space

Category: AstronomyCool Site: December  2002
Fascinating images of Earth from the Space Shuttle! Searchable by type of image such as images relating to Earth-human interaction, hurricanes and weather, and more.

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Earth & Moon Viewer -

Category: AstronomyCool Site: October  2002
See real time images of the earth and moon.

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SETI Institute

Category: AstronomyCool Site: September  2002
The mission of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute is to explore, understand, and explain the origin, nature, and prevalence of life in the universe. Find out more about this important field of study.

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NASA Kids

Category: AstronomyCool Site: November  2001
Fun interactive games, educational cartoons, puzzles, and more make learning astronomy fun!

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SOHO: Exploring the Sun

Category: AstronomyCool Site: July  2001
Learn about the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) that was designed to study the internal structure of the sun. You can view spectacular images of the sun, watch movies of solar events, and see on-line exhibits.

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University of Michigan Detroit Observatory

Category: AstronomyCool Site: April  2001
Take a virtual tour of an historic astronomical observatory! You'll find 360 degree panoramic views of the building, a movie that shows how the observatory's dome rotates and its shutter opens, and more.

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Bad Astronomy

Category: AstronomyCool Site: March  2001
The author of this great site uses popular misconceptions about astronomical phenomena and "bad astronomy" from the movies and on television as a starting point for astronomy education. His approach makes learning astronomy relevant and fun!

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Exploring Planets in the Classroom

Category: AstronomyCool Site: November  2000
A great resource for teachers, this site features more than 25 hands-on activities for exploring Earth, planets, and space science.

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Chabot Space and Science Center

Category: AstronomyCool Site: September  2000
At this site, you can visit a virtual planetarium, explore online exhibits, and learn about upcoming celestial events in the sky calendar.

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A Virtual Journey into the Universe

Category: AstronomyCool Site: August  2000
You will feel like a real space explorer when you visit this very cool astronomy site. Explore the planets in our solar system on many different levels. Or watch beautifully crafted Flash animations of the planets' orbits from several different viewpoints.

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Space.com

Category: AstronomyCool Site: June  2000
Read the latest space exploration news at this site. You can also watch videos of space shuttle landings, look at spectacular photos of space, and play entertaining astronomy quiz games. If you're a kid or just feel like one, make sure you visit the fun and educational "spaceKids" part of the site.

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Jason Digital Lab: Be a Spacecraft Engineer

Category: AstronomyCool Site: February  2000
Learn how NASA modified a spaceship to use in their STARDUST mission which will rendezvous with comet Wild-2 and bring a sample of comet dust back to earth for scientific analysis. You can also "build" your own spaceship online with images this site provides.

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Izzy's Skylog

Category: AstronomyCool Site: November  1999
A thorough, entertaining astronomy site, which includes such features as the Constellation of the Month and an astronomy quiz.

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Project Full Moon

Category: AstronomyCool Site: October  1999
Visit "A Voyage" section to view a slideshow of NASA photos from the Apollo missions. The slide show requires "Shockwave."

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CosmoNet

Category: AstronomyCool Site: September  1999
Explore the origins of the universe, theoretical physics, and more at this excellent ThinkQuest site.

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A Mystery of Space: Stars

Category: AstronomyCool Site: September  1999
The students from the ThinkQuest project have produced yet another stellar site, so to speak: a detailed, beautiful resource on stars.

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Chandra X-Ray Observatory

Category: AstronomyCool Site: May  1999
NASA's latest orbital x-ray observatory, Chandra, will be launched later this year. Learn about the history and science of x-ray imaging in astronomy.

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J-Track Satellite Tracking

Category: AstronomyCool Site: February  1999
Tune in to this site and track the positions of the Hubble Orbital Telescope, the Mir space station, or any other of your favorite satellites.

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International Supernovae Network

Category: AstronomyCool Site: December  1998
Amateur astronomers worldwide scan the skies for signs of exploding stars. Their efforts and discoveries are collected on this site.

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The Space Place

Category: AstronomyCool Site: November  1998
This NASA site offers information and activities about the upcoming deep space probe missions. An excellent resource for students K-6.

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StarMap

Category: AstronomyCool Site: August  1998
Enter a time, date, and location, and this site will generate a detailed star map for you. You will need to download a free program to view the maps, but they are worth the time.

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NASA Space Weather Bureau

Category: AstronomyCool Site: July  1998
Find out what's stirring with the solar wind, or read about the latest research on the aurora borealis. Another informative site from NASA.

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NASA Infrared Astronomy Center

Category: AstronomyCool Site: June  1998
This clear, informative site includes the first images of a possible planet around another star.

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Peoria Astronomical Society

Category: AstronomyCool Site: March  1998
This well-designed site offers an interactive astronomical handbook. Click on the names of constellations to see detailed star maps and pictures of the star formations, or explore the life cycle and physics of black holes.

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The Galileo Project

Category: AstronomyCool Site: February  1998
This site uses the visual metaphor of Galileo's family villa to enable visitors to explore the life and work of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642). Find out about the struggles, triumphs, and lifelong curiosity of the man who set the stage for modern science.

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The Maya Astronomy Page

Category: AstronomyCool Site: February  1998
Learn about these accomplished early astronomers. This site is concise, clearly written, and easy to navigate. It's a great starting point for exploration into the fascinating culture of the Maya.

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Solar System Simulator

Category: AstronomyCool Site: February  1998
This simulator lets you view planets, moons, and spacecraft from different points in the solar system. No plug-ins or special software are required.

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The Yohkoh Public Outreach Project

Category: AstronomyCool Site: February  1998
This site contains stunning X-ray images and movies of the sun taken by the Yohkoh orbital telescope. The site also includes background information on the Yohkoh telescope and learning activities for classroom use.

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Stanford Solar Center

Category: AstronomyCool Site: October  1997
This thorough and well-organized web site contains activities, images, a glossary, and other resources related to the sun. A great site to learn about the sun's magnetic field, sunspots, solar physics, and more.

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Window to the Universe

Category: AstronomyCool Site: September  1997
Attractively presented and very informative--this site provides an introduction to the Universe. Topics include, "Our Planet," "Space Missions," "Our Solar System," "People," and much more.

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The Astrobiology Web: Life in Extreme Environments

Category: AstronomyCool Site: August  1997
Discover how scientists study the possibility of life on other planets by studying life in harsh environments on earth.

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Mars Pathfinder Current Rover Status

Category: AstronomyCool Site: August  1997
See the latest images, check out the newest data from the Mars Pathfinder.

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Black Holes and Neutron Stars

Category: AstronomyCool Site: April  1997
Learn about black holes and neutron stars in this simple and very focused page.

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Other Worlds, Distant Suns

Category: AstronomyCool Site: February  1997
Learn all about the planets by taking a 3-D (VRML) tour. Even if your computer can't support VRML, they have some great astronomy links.

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The Comet's Tale

Category: AstronomyCool Site: January  1997
A self-guided module designed to acquaint individuals with facts about comets. Check out the build your own comet section. Graphically, this is one of the best-looking sites we' ve come across.

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Shuttle Launch Countdown Home Page

Category: AstronomyCool Site: December  1996
The countdown has begun. Actually, there is always a countdown for the next shuttle launch. This site contains live video feeds, mission information, and lots more.

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North American Skies

Category: AstronomyCool Site: August  1996
This page contains information on stars, planets, eclipses, meteor showers, and other events visible in the sky. Times and locations of events are provided.

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Cassini:Voyage to Saturn

Category: AstronomyCool Site: July  1996
The countdown has begun! Well, ok there are still 476 days to launch (as of July 1st), but the Cassini mission to Saturn is still worth checking out. Why wait until 1997 when it's on everyone's hotlist?

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Aurora Page

Category: AstronomyCool Site: June  1996
Get information about the "Northern Lights."

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San Francisco State University Planet Search Project

Category: AstronomyCool Site: May  1996
Updated information on the search for extrasolar planets. This site includes information on two newly discovered planets!

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The Center for Mars Exploration

Category: AstronomyCool Site: May  1996
Plenty of information about the red planet including images, news and even software. The site also includes information on how to receive a free Viking 20th Anniversary Educational CD-ROM!

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The Virtual Sun

Category: AstronomyCool Site: April  1996
An informative tour about the sun. This site includes lots of fascinating images and MPEG movies. You can choose to take a tour in English or view it in Dutch.

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Solar System Live

Category: AstronomyCool Site: February  1996
This site provides an interactive view of the solar system. You can set the time, date, viewpoint, and more. There is also a link to the "Earth Viewer" which shows the day and night regions of the earth.

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NASA K-12 Internet: Live from the Hubble Space Telescope

Category: AstronomyCool Site: February  1996
An opportunity for students in grades K-12 to participate in a project involving the Hubble Space Telescope. The site includes a chat area for teachers.

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

Category: AstronomyCool Site: January  1996
This excellent site gives you something new to look at every day. A must for astronomy enthusiasts.

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JPL Public Image Archive

Category: AstronomyCool Site: December  1995
A great collection of NASA images maintained by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Images of comets, planets, quasars and some extremely interesting images of our own planet. Nearly 100 gifs.

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Project Galileo: Bringing Jupiter to Earth

Category: AstronomyCool Site: November  1995
The Galileo probe arrived at Jupiter in December, 1995. This site is updated frequently with new photos. Visit the Galileo home page and learn more about this exciting event!

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The Space Educators' Handbook

Category: AstronomyCool Site: November  1995
An interesting site that uses science fiction to help teach about space technology and scientific laws. You can download the software version (Mac and Windows) of the Space Educators' Handbook. The site also includes a collection of QuickTime Player movies and other surprises.

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Principal Investigator Microgravity Services

Category: AstronomyCool Site: November  1995
Get data about the microgravity ("zero-g") conditions on-board the shuttle Orbiter and the Mir space station.

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Space Radar Images of Earth

Category: AstronomyCool Site: October  1995
Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) is a joint U.S.-German-Italian project that uses a highly sophisticated imaging radar to capture images of earth that are useful to scientists across a great range of disciplines.

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NASA K-12 Internet Initiative

Category: AstronomyCool Site: August  1995
Yet another interesting NASA site, this one is geared for K-12

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Views of the Solar System

Category: AstronomyCool Site: August  1995
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.

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The Nine Planets

Category: AstronomyCool Site: July  1995
An in-depth look at the solar system. Text, pictures, sounds, and an occasional movie help tell the story.

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CEA Science Education Page

Category: AstronomyCool Site: July  1995
Visit the Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Astrophysics and check out their educational resources. A good site for teachers.

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HST Greatest Hits 1990-1995 Gallery

Category: AstronomyCool Site: June  1995
Spectacular images from space taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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