Astronomy Resources

All of these links will take you outside Pacific Science Center's Web site.

What's Up In Tonight's Sky

If you are looking for information about moon phases, planets and other celestial objects, try these two sources:

  • From Sky and Telescope, Sky at a Glance covers what's up in the sky on a weekly basis.
  • From ASTRONOMY magazine, check out the current monthly happenings in their Sky Show.

If more metallic objects are your goal...

  • JPL publishes a Space Calendar with all the month's launches plus other astronomy/space details.
  • To find a satellite or other object, try Heavens-Above especially for Iridium flares while they still exist!

Informational Sites

Astronomy - A publication with a good website including astronomy for kids, current news, and what's to see in the current sky.

Hubble Space Telescope - This scope in the sky has provided the basis for over 3200 scientific papers. Read all about them.

NASA - This is the central site for NASA's many activities. A few links you can follow from this central site include:

  • The educator astronaut site - a glimpse of life in space for the entire family.
  • Educational links for everyone including pre-schoolers, school children, and educators.
  • Recent events and archived reports of NASA findings.
  • Multimedia features.

The Nine Planets, by Bill Arnett, is an overview of the history, mythology and current scientific knowledge of each planet and moon in our solar system.

Sky & Telescope - This astronomers' publication puts out a rich website. Follow its links to: see what's in the sky this week; read up on current events; learn about telescopes and more!

Windows to the Universe - Developed by NASA, this site contains information about the solar system, star myths, people, missions and more. Warning: this site is graphics-intensive.

Educational Resources

Amazing Space - A nifty spot brought to you by the people running the Hubble Space Telescope. Explore black holes, galaxies and more! It's designed for the classroom but don't let that stop you from exploring it on your own - adults and kids alike!

QUEST - Bringing NASA and the Internet into the classroom. This resource is primarily aimed at teachers.

The Space Place - Try some cool hands-on activities (geared towards elementary school kids) that correspond with JPL missions.

Imagine the Universe! - A service of the High-Energy Astrophysics Learning Center of NASA's Goddard Space Center for students age 14 and up especially. Starchild is a program geared towards younger school kids. Both sites have great lists of resources.

Local Resources

Seattle Astronomical Society - This volunteer group organizes all sorts of event to promote astronomy and star gazing. This site is a good clearing house for local activities. You can also call them at (206) 523-ASTR.

University of Washington Astronomy Department - The UW Observatory (by the Burke Museum) is open to the public. Phone (206) 543-0126 for current schedule and information.

Goldendale Observatory State Park - The largest observatory open to the general public. Its summer and winter programs are open to the public.

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific - Great resources for the amateur and professional alike.

The Boeing Employee Astronomical Society - BEAS promotes all aspects of astronomy, including telescope design, telescope construction, theoretical astronomy, practical astronomy, and astrophotography.