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Astronomy

Internet Links

The following World Wide Web sites offer information relevant to your project. Depending on your particular research interest, some sites will obviously be more relevant than others. To optimize the efforts of your web search, each site has been described so that you might judge its usefulness in advance. As you proceed with your World Wide Web search, document your progress (both successes and failures) using the Web Site Trail sheet.

1.

Windows to the

Universe

http://www.windows.

umich.edu/

 

Once arriving at the page, be sure to click on the "Enter the Site" link to enter into an astounding world of discovery about space. The site provides educationally sound information about the planets, the sun, and the universe. Common misconceptions are discussed in the Myths section. A section on Space Missions is also included. The text is understandable and the site is interesting and attractive.

2.

Amazing Space

http://amazing-

space.stsci.edu/

 

 

This site includes interactive web-based space activities from the Space Telescope Science Institute. STSI oversees the scientific operation of the Hubble Space Telescope and have included here a collection of engaging activities for all ages. Be sure to visit the Hubble Deep Field Academy. This is an excellent location to obtain ideas about an experimental investigation.

3.

Whispers from

the Cosmos

http://141.142.3.76/

Cyberia/Bima/BimaHome.html

Radio astronomers, who rely upon computers to process their observations before they can "see" their results, are developing innovative tools and techniques to collaboratively control faraway instruments, form images of the unseen cosmos and analyze them in close to realtime. This site,part of the Pavillion of Science and Industry developed by NSCA, details the efforts of these radio astronomers.

4.

A Wormhole

in the Cosmos

http://intothecosmos.com/

Discover what's all the excitement about Europa, the mystery of supernova, why pictures speak louder than words, and how black holes even exist. Visit this gallery of terrific space images.

5.

 

Imagine the

Universe

http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.

gov/docs/homepage.html

 

This site is dedicated to a discussion about our Universe... what we know about it, how it is evolving, and the kinds of objects and phenomena it contains. Just as importantly, it discusses how scientists know what they know, what mysteries remain,and how they might one day find the answers to these questions. The site is intended primarily for ages 14 and up. Developed by NASA, the site includes an "Ask a NASA Scientist" feature.

6.

 

StarChild

http://starc hild.gsfc.nasa.gov

/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html

 

Developed by NASA, StarChild is an educational astronomy site for younger children. Some of you may find the site a little too simplistic. Nonetheless, you might feel most comfortable starting at this location. The information is clearly understandable and colorfully illustrated.

7.

Stellar Evolution

and Death

http://observe.ivv.nasa.gov/

nasa/space/stellardeath/

stellardeath_opening.html

 

NASA's Observatorium provides this article about a star's cycle from birth to death, including supernovae, white dwarfs, planetary nebulae, and other stages in stellar evolution. This is an excellent primer on the topic. It's highly recommended.

8.

Black Holes and

Neutron Stars

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa .gov

/htmltest/rjn_bht.html

 

Ever wonder what it would look like to travel to a black hole? A neutron star? If so, you might find this page interesting. Here you will find descriptions and MPEG movies that take you on such exciting trips. These movies are scientifically accurate computer animations made with strict adherence to Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. The descriptions are written to be understandable on a variety of levels - from the casually curious to the professionally inquisitive. It is hoped that students from grade school to graduate school will find these virtual trips educational.

9.

Space Telescope

Science Institute

http://www.stsci.edu/

This site was designed for NASA and would be of great interest to professional astronomers and seasoned hobbyists. It gets a little technical in places for a beginner. Nonetheless, it is an excellent source of images which have been taken from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Images are archived and accessible using their software.

10.

Black Holes and

Neutron Stars

http://www.eclipse.net

/~cmmiller/BH/blkmain.html

 

Many people think black holes continually suck in everything like great big cosmic bathtub drains. And what the heck are neutron stars? Understanding the nature of black holes and neutron stars--how they form, what they're like, and how we know they are there--can lead to a better understanding of how our Universe works. The information in this web site is intended for a non-technical audience. If you are interested in more scientifically complex discussions of black holes and neutron stars (you know, where they use all those great big words), you gotta look somewhere else. The Q & A section offers slightly more advanced discussions.

11.

Liftoff to

Space Exploration

http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/

 

Once more, NASA has launched another exceptional educational web site. Features include NASA news, information about space stations and satellites, and educational activities from the Space Academy. This is a highly recommended source of understandable information.

12.

Ask an Astronaut

http://www.nss.org/askastro/

Just check it out and ask away.

13.

 

Mysteries of

Deep Space

http://www.pbs.org

/deepspace/

 

PBS's companion site to its Mysteries of Deep Space program includes an interactive timeline showing the evolution of the universe, trivia challenges, information about the Hubble telescope, and more.

14.

Space Weather

Resources

http://space.rice.edu/

ISTP/dials.html

This site provides up-to-date information and real-time data about solar weather. The focus of the "forecasts" is the solar wind. In addition to real-time data, the site includes background information about the solar wind phenomenon. If your focus every turns towards the sun and solar winds, this is an invaluable site for the collection of data. The site allows you to subscribe to a list-serve which will automatically notify you by e-mail when the solar wind turns to severe status. Also included is a link to the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft page which collects data for the site. The link represents a whole gateway to additional information on solar wind.

15.

 Cosmos in

a Computer

http://141.142.3.76/

Cyberia/Cosmos/

CosmosCompHome.html

Cosmology is the field of science that studies the universe as a whole--its entire history and all that it contains. No small task! Using supercomputers as "time machines" to travel to the furthest reaches of space and and time, cosmologists are unravelling how galaxies and galaxy superclusters are born, the nature of mysterious "dark matter" and the role it might play in determining the ultimate fate of the Universe. This site colorfully explains the details of this task.

16.

NASA

Observatorium

http://www.rspac.ivv.nasa.

gov/nasa/core.shtml

 

NASA's Observatorium is a public access site for Earth and space data. Here you'll find pictures of the Earth, planets,stars, and other cool stuff, as well as the stories behind those images. Clicking on the Space Science link provides detailed information abou the birth and evolution of stars, the sun, the moon, Mars, toys in space, etc.

17.

SOHO Web Server

http://sohowww.nascom

.nasa.gov/

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is a spacecraft which views the sun from the gravitational balancing point between the sun and the earth. This site is simply an awesome resource for anyone interested in pursuing a study of solar physics. You will find images (most awesome of all), articles, information, resources, lesson plans (of particular interest if you looking for an avenue of research), and data (also valuable for the same reason). Don't ignore this site!

18.

Sun-Centered

Physics

http://hesperia.gsfc.nasa.

gov/~knisely/

course_development.html

This site is simply a set of lesson plans and activities designed for teachers for using the sun as an illustration for physics. Don't be scared. You can use this page in order to find activities and generate ideas about an experimental investigation. It's definitely worth your time to investigate it.

19.

Sky and

Telescope Magazine

http://www.skypub.com/

This is the home page for the sky and telescope magazine - a magazine for star-gazing hobbyists. You will find tips (for viewing stars), articles, and images.

20.

National Space

Science Data Center

http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/

The National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) provides access to a wide variety of astrophysics, space physics, solar physics, lunar and planetary data from NASA space flight missions, in addition to selected other data and some models and software. NSSDC provides access to online information bases about NASA and non-NASA data at the NSSDC and elsewhere as well as the spacecraft and experiments that have or will provide public access data.

21.

Hubble Space

Telescope Images

http://oposite.stsci.edu/

pubinfo/SubjectT.html

Here is one of the best collection of images which you will find - as taken from the Hubble Spce Telescope. The images are catalogued according to topics such as: solar system,stars, galaxies, star clusters, novae and supernovae, nearby galaxies, distant galaxies, etc. Enjoy!


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This page last updated on 4/21/99.