Web Information Sources for Educators.

An Exploratorium Learning Studio Resource Guide

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Image of Saturn

Current News Sources

Official Agency Pages


Research Institutions

Periodicals / Magazines / Journals

Publication Directories


Maps and charts



Image Sources

Web Cameras


Education Resource Sections

Materials in the Learning Studio


Observation Resources

San Francisco Bay Area Local Resources

San Francisco Bay Area Local Events

Schools and Degree Programs


Other Useful and Interesting Sites

Current News Sources:
News From Agencies and Associations:

Marshall Space Flight Center Space News Archives

NASA News and Information

NASA Watch A private website covering NASA

Science at NASA

Space Launch Initiative (SLI) News

Astronomy Magazine News Pages:

News from Astronomy Magazine

News from Astronomy Now

News from Sky and Telescope Magazine

Commercial Press:

Earth and Sky - NewsWire for the New Frontier

News from CBS

News from CNN

News from Florida Today

News from Houston Chronicle

News from MSNBC

Official Agency Pages:
United States:


NASA Centers:

Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA

Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field, Cleveland, OH

Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, NY

Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

Independent Validation & Verification Facility, Fairmont, WV

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

Kennedy Space Center, FL.

Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA

Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL

Stennis Space Center, MS

Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA

White Sands Test Facility, White Sands, NM

Other NASA pages:

Asteroid and Comet Impact Hazards

Eclipse Home Page

Near Earth Object Program

Non-NASA pages:

NSF: MPS Division of Astronomical Sciences

Office of Space Commercialization

US Global Change Research Program

The United States Naval Observatory

Other Nations:

-- National Commission on Space Activities (CONAE)
Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales
All pages in Spanish.

-- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)
A more general site that includes a section on Radio Astronomy.

-- National Institute for Space Research (INPE)
Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais
Pages in Portuguese and English.

-- Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
l'Agence spatiale canadienne
Pages in English and French.

-- European Space Agency (ESA)

-- Centre Nationale d'Études Spatiales (CNES)
Pages in French and English.

-- Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales (ONERA)
Pages in French and English.

-- Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
German Aerospace Center

-- Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI)

-- FJc - National Space Development Agency (NASDA)
Pages in Japanese and English.

-- Institute of Space and Astronautical Science
Pages in Japanese and English.

-- National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR)
Pages in English.

-- Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF)

-- Swedish National Space Board
Pages in Swedish and English.

-- Swedish Space Corporation

United Kingdom
-- British National Space Center

Royal Observatory Greenwich

United Nations
-- United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs



United States:

American Association of Variable Star Observers AAVSO

American Astronomical Society

American Meteor Society

The Astronomical League

Berkeley Illinois Maryland Association (BIMA)

National Space Society

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)


Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - La Socieacute;teacute; Royale d'Astronomie du Canada


International Association of Astronomical Artists

International Astronomical Union

International Dark-Sky Association

Mars Society

Near Earth Objects Information Center

Planetary Society

Space Frontier Foundation

Space Studies Institute

SF Bay Area & Northern California:

Astronomical Association of Northern California

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific

San Francisco Amateur Astronomers

Research Institutions:

Berkeley Radio Astronomy Lab

Center for Earth and Planetary Studies (CEPS) Smithsonian

Jodrell Bank Observatory

Lunar and Planetary Institute

Poker Flat Research Range

Space Studies Institute (SSI)

Space Systems Laboratory University of Maryland

Space Telescope Science Institute

Two Micron All Sky Survey

Periodicals / Magazines / Journals:

American Astronomical Society - Journals and Publications

European Space Agency Publications Includes periodicals

NASA Online Newspapers News publications from many braches of NASA.

Print Periodicals with Web Pages:

Amateur Astronomy Magazine

ATM Journal - Amateur Telescope Making Journal

Astronomical Journal (Astronomy Magazine)

Astronomy Now

Astrophysical Journal

Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society

Sky and Telescope

Stardate - Magazine and radio show

Electronic Periodicals:

Apogee The Canadian Space Agency Electronic Newsletter

Astronomy Digest

Skywatcher's Diary

Universe Today

Publication Directories:

American Astronomical Society - Journals and Publications

British National Space Center Specialist Leaflet Series

Canadian Space Agency 0- Publications

European Space Agency Publications Includes periodicals

International Space Station Science News - Fact Sheets

John F. Kennedy Space Center - KSC Fact Sheets and Information

KiloHertz QPOs

ONERA Publications

Simon Jeffery's Papers - Armagh Observatory

Space Link Instructional Materials

Space Studies Institute (SSI)

STEPsheet Space Telescope Science Institute

Swedish Space Corporation Publications


Documents at NASA Headquarters Library

NASA Documents Online

NASA Goddard Institute: GISS Publications On-Line

NASA Histories On-Line


National Space Science Data Center Lunar and Planetary Maps

NSSDC Master Catalog Spacecraft Query Form

StarHeads - Astronomers and Related People

Planetary Data System (PDS) at NASA

Maps and charts:

Aladin Interactive Sky Atlas

An Atlas of The Universe

Sky Charts Download

Star Journey: The Heavens - Star Chart @

Your Sky


Glossary of Terms - British National Space Center

Canadian Space Agency - Abbreviations and Acronyms

Canadian Space Agency - A Glossary About Space

Dictionary of Nomenclature of Celestial Objects



Dan's Astronomy Software Collection Sorted by platform

Planetarium Software Sorted by platform

Simon Jeffery's Software Store Digital Unix or Linux

Individual titles:

Cartes du Ciel Sky Charts - Windows 95/98/NT/2000

Moon Calculator by Dr. Monzur Ahmed - DOS

SETI@home: Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence at Home - multiple platforms

Southern Stars Systems

Image Sources:

2001 Odyssey THEMIS

Astrophotography by Russell Croman

Astronomy Picture of the Day

British National Space Center Image Bank

Canadian Space Agency - Images

European Space Agency Photographic Archive

Goddard Space Flight Center - Photos

Great Images in NASA library of images

International Association of Astronomical Artists Gallery

Jet Propulsion Lab Images and Videos

NASA Multimedia Gallery

Planetary Photojournal: NASA's Image Access Home Page

NASDA Photo Library

NCSA Astronomy Digital Image Library

Space Colony Art from the 1970s

Space Gallery at NASDA

Space Movie Archive

Web cameras:

Launch Pads at Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC) - Japan

Education Resource Sections:
Some sites have sections devoted to educational material.

American Astronomical Society Education Office

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific - Education

Goddard Space Flight Center Education Programs

JPL Education Gateway

NASA DFRC Education Homepage

JPL Education Affairs Office Archives for teachers

Kids and Teachers NASA Ames

NASA Education Program

NASA Glenn Educational Activities

Space Link An Aeronautics and Space Resource for Education

Materials in the Learning Studio:
Note: These are only a few possible searches.
Access to the Learning Studio is available for the public.
Also a small 'paper clip' next to a record indicates a web link.
Try other searches for specific topics such as Mars, Constellations etc.

Subject Keyword Search the Learning Studio Catalog for All Our Materials on:


Space colonies


European Southern Observatory

Griffith Observatory

HubbleSite Hubble Space Telescope

Hubble Space Telescope : New Views of the Universe

W.M. Keck Observatory

Keck Interferometer

Space Environment Center (SEC)

United States Naval Observatory

Observation Resources, General:

Observational Mishaps

Orbital Elements of Asteroids - U.S. Naval Observatory

Celestial Navigation Data for Assumed Position and Time - U.S. Naval Observatory

Human Space Flight (HSF) - Realtime Data

J-Track Satellite Tracking

On-line data from HM Nautical Almanac Office

SatPasses - Satellite Passes Over North American Cities

Sky at a Glance Sky & Telescope

Sky This Week Sky & Telescope

Space Calendar (JPL)

US Naval Observatory Master Clock time

US Naval Observatory Data Services

Observation Resources, Solar & Lunar:

Complete Sun and Moon Data for One Day - U.S. Naval Observatory

Fraction of the Moon Illuminated - U.S. Naval Observatory

Lunar Eclipse Computer - U.S. Naval Observatory

Phases of the Moon - U.S. Naval Observatory

Sun or Moon Altitude/Azimuth Table for One Day - U.S. Naval Observatory

Upcoming & Recent Eclipses of the Sun and Moon - U.S. Naval Observatory

Sun or Moon Rise/Set Table for One Year - US Naval Observatory

Web Version of MICA - Multi-Year Interactive Computer Almanac

San Francisco Bay Area Local Resources:
Northern California:

Northern California Astronomy Resource Guide (Astronomical Association of Northern California)

San Francisco:

Morrison Planetarium (California Academy of Sciences)

SF Sidewalk Astronomers

San Francisco Bay Area Local Events:
This section only lists events in the counties that border San Francisco Bay

Chabot Space & Science Center - Calendar of Events

Morrison Planetarium Special Events Page

Schools and Degree Programs:

International Space University



Mission and Spacecraft Library


Human Spaceflight Operations:


NASA Human SpaceFlight


International Space Station

Space Shuttle

Launch Vehicles:




Discovery Program

NASA's Explorer Missions


Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan

CONTOUR: Comet Nucleus Tour


Deep Impact

Deep Space 1 (DS1)



Lunar Prospector

Mars 2001 Odyssey

Mars Pathfinder

MESSENGER - MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging

Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Mission (NEAR)



Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS)

Earth Observing Satellites


Mars Global Surveyor Thermal Emission Spectrometer

Mars 2001 Odyssey THEMIS

Earth Observing Sensors

Spaced Based Observatories:


Space Interferometry Mission (SIM)

Terrestrial Planet Finder

Other Useful and Interesting Sites:

animations of n body orbits

Astronomical survey projects

AstroWeb: Astronomy/Astrophysics on the Internet - A large collection of non-commercial links to resources.

BBC - Space

Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia

The Goddard Library

Night Sky in the World

Planet Quest - Extrasolar Planets

SETI Institute Online

SETI @ Home - Help search for alien signals on your own computer.

Solar Eclipse: Stories From the Path of Totality

Solar Max Presented By the Exploratorium

Spectra of Gas Discharges

Sundials on the Internet

Violence in the Cosmos

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Created: gp March 16, 2001
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