Intrigued by the show? Want to know more about what's going on in the
sky? Here are some links to get you started, whether what you want is to
identify constellations or learn about black holes. (These links all
take you out of the UitP website.)
Images, scientific discoveries, NASA missions and how Hollywood gets
Picture of the Day: Every day a different image of an
astronomical nature, with a brief explanation by a professional
- Sky and Telescope: The
website for the great magazine for amateur astronomers.
- Space.com: New discoveries,
images, technology and spaceflight.
- NASA: With sections for kids,
students and educators of all levels, and
researchers, on topics from aeronautics and satellites through
the Sun and stars to black holes and other galaxies. Learn about
current missions like the Mars
Cassini, Hubble, Chandra -- or look
- Bad Astronomy: A
look at common misconceptions about astronomy, with a special
section for inaccuracies in movies.
The Night Sky
There are many websites where you can find information for
different levels, from the general interest, naked eye objects to
detailed observing plans for amateur telescopes. Here are just a
Beginners and Basics
Some of these sites require you to enter your lattitude and
longitude. For reference, Madison is at 43N and -89W.
- SkyMaps: A monthly SkyMap and
with constellations, comets and planets. Also includes dates of
interesting events and phenomena. This is a two-page PDF to download
and print. (It's available for either the Northern or Southern
Hemisphere -- in case you are planning a trip?)
Sky Maps and Notes: Maps, notes and astronomical highlights for the
Astronomy: Skymaps and games to teach you about the
constellations, the phases of the Earth's moon, the moons of
Jupiter, and more.
- Heavens-Above: Detailed
information about observing satellites (including Iridium flares),
the International Space Station, plus comets, minor planets -- and,
yes, constellations -- generated in real-time and customized for
your location and time zone.
- Tonight's Sky: Helps you plan
an observing schedule based on your location, time, instrument,
experience level and interest.
- Night Sky Live: See the Sky
at telescopes around the world
Weather Forecast: Forecasts of weather information useful to
astronomers from the Canadian Meteorological Center.
- Space Weather: "What's Up
in Space," frome solar wind, solar flares, coronal mass ejections,
predictions of auroras and other transient phenomena.
Another great resource for information on astronomy and telescopes in
the Madison area is the UW
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