Helpful Space and Astronomy Links and Information



Sky Watching Links


     Heavens Above  

                  This is an amazing web site where you can find out about all things happening in the sky!

  • See the International Space Station from your backyard! 
  • Show constellations and planets by date and hour.
  • Identify satellites passing overhead.
  • Sunrise/set, Moonrise/set times and Moon phases.
  • Much much more...

                   (Note: After you first identify your location, bookmark the site so you can skip that step next time.)


     Monthly Sky Map 
                   Print a
free map showing this month's evening constellations, visible planets and special happenings!


     Space Weather

                   News and Information about the Sun-Earth environment.


    This Week’s Sky At a Glance 

                 Observing tips and celestial events for the week.  Published every Friday.



Learning about Space & Astronomy  

       Astronomy Picture of the Day - a daily photograph with a professional explanation.

       Sky View Lite App (Free) - this is a great, easy to use app that helps you learn the night sky.   < Great App!

      Space Launch Schedule - A regularly updated listing of planned missions from spaceports around the globe.


      Beginner's Book - The Stars: A New Way to See Them  (ISBN: 978-0-5471-3280-8)  $13

      Reference Book - Nature Guide: Stars and Planets  (ISBN: 978-0-7566-9040-3)  $15

      Space History Book - The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Space & Space Exploration (ISBN: 978-1782741640)


 Equipment for the New Observer

      If you enjoy learning about Astronomy or want to further the interest in a young person, I beg you not to make the

      mistake so many have done - buy a telescope. Don't do it - just don't!


       It is far better to buy a pair of binoculars, and get a book on observing the night sky with binoculars.


      Look for binoculars that are light weight, rated as good quality and with a specification of either 7x35 or 10x50.


      Arm yourself with a red-light flashlight and a lawn chair and sit in the darkest place in your backyard and start
      observing. You will be amazed on how much you can see and learn!


      A good article about binoculars can be found here.


      (Might also be a good idea to alert your neighbors as to what your doing - so they don't get the wrong idea!)


      Clear Skies!       PJC



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