People, Places, and Events

Astronomical Work for an Amateur's Catalog

Amateur astronomer Rick Johnson undertook the monumental task of building his own observatory and compiling a catalog of objects he has observed.

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Amateur Planet Hunters Have a New Online Resource

A database run by the American Association of Variable Star Observers will organize and archive data on transiting exoplanets collected by amateur astronomers.

Resources and Education

Annual Star Parties in North America

Here’s the info you’ll need to “save the date” for some of the top stargazing events in the U.S. and Canada for the coming year.

Citizen Science: Projects & Collaboration

List of Citizen-Science Projects

dr.puya / S&T Online Photo Gallery The internet has become a priceless tool for the citizen-science movement, in which private citizens all over the world can make meaningful contributions to science. With as little as a computer and some curiosity, you can help scientists determine targets for space telescopes, or…

Pro-Am Collaboration

List of Amateur Research Organizations

Modern technology allows amateurs around the globe to collaborate in ways never before possible. The following is a collection of some of the research projects we find most interesting, many of which involve collaboration with professional astronomers at universities and other research organizations. These projects generally require more sophisticated equipment…

Astronomy Online Resources

Equipment & Telescope Making Links

Affordable Astronomy Equipment Reviews Antique Telescope Society Astromart Astronomy Ratings and Info Berthold Hamburger's ATM Page Camera Obscuras Cookbook Camera Home Page Frequently Asked Questions of the ATM Mailing List How to Build a Dobsonian Telescope Lin Robertson's Build Your Own Dobsonian Telescope Mike Weasner's Meade ETX Page NexStar…

Astronomy Online Resources

Astronomy Education Links

Organizations Astronomical League Observing Programs Youth ResourcesAstronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP)Astronomy Education ReviewCampaign for Dark SkiesChallenger Center for Space Science EducationChallenger Space Science Center of ArizonaDark-Sky SwitzerlandEuropean Association for Astronomy EducationEuro Space Center (Belgium)International Association for Astronomical Studies (IAAS)International Dark-Sky Association (IDA)National Space Society (NSS)Near and Far Sciences for…

Astronomy Online Resources

Image & Animation Links

Research Institutions Anglo-Australian Observatory ARC Telescope Astronomical Institutes of the University of Bonn Big Bear Solar Observatory European Southern Observatory Great Images in NASA Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Hubble Space Telescope Institute for Astronomy NASA's Observatorium Image Gallery NASA's Planetary Photojournal Nordic Optical Telescope Ohio State University Astronomy Dept. Stardial…

Astronomy Online Resources

Amateur Research Societies

The Amateur Sky Survey (TASS) American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) American Lunar Society Association of Lunar & Planetary Observers Astronomy and Astromicroscopy Center for Backyard Astrophysics Dutch Meteor Society Galilean Satellite Eclipse Timings Grup d'Estudis Astronomics (Spain) International Amateur-Professional Photoelectric Photometry (IAPPP) International Meteor Organization International Occultation Timing…

Astronomy Online Resources

Online Data and Catalog Links

Astronomical Data Center (ADC) Astrophysical Data System (ADS) Canada Astronomical Data Center (CADC) Digitized Sky Survey Double Star Library JPL's Solar System Dynamics Group NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) NGC/IC Project Planetary Data System (PDS) SkyView Solar Terrestrial Dispatch Star Data Pages Strasbourg Astronomical Data…

Astronomy Online Resources

Links for Observing & More!

Observing Guides Anthony Mallama's Lunar Eclipse Page Astra's Star Gate Astronomica Langrenus Astronomical League Youth Resources Astronomy with a 60-mm Refractor Atmospheric Optics Aurora Page Astronomy and Astromicroscopy Binary Stars Ray Cash's Deep-Sky Page Comets and Meteor Showers Ben Crowell's BinoSky Denis Fell's Astro Page Dennis Ward's "The Silicon…

Astronomy Online Resources

Online Astronomy Newsletters & Web Portals

AmSky AstroNews Astronomibladet (Danish) (German) Astronomy Education Review The Cosmic Mirror Dave's Astronomy Magazine The Lunar Observer Marsbugs: The Electronic Astrobiology Newsletter North American Skies Regulus! Royal Astronomical Society of Canada SACNEWS ScienceWeek Skylights Universe Today

Astronomy Online Resources

Astronomy Blogs & Podcasts

Blogs's Blogs Above the Clouds Aditi's Astro-Area Astronomy Blog Astroprof's Page A Voyage To Arcturus Kaustav Bhattacharya's Astro London boyruageek James Butler's Astro Diary Centauri Dreams Clear Skies on Demand Varun Khetarpal's Explore Universe Space Blog Rob Kosinski's Dirty Skies Megan's Blog Ian Musgrave's Astroblog NYC Nova Hunter Observing…

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Magazines and Journals

Amateur Astronomy Magazine Astronomical JournalAstronomical Review Astronomie Heute (German language) Astronomy Education Review Astronomy Now Astrophysical Journal and Astrophysical Journal Letters Australian Sky & Telescope Coelum (Italian language) EurekAlert! science research news server Icarus Journal of the British Astronomical Association Mercury Meteorite! Nature The Planetarian Popular Astronomy Publications of the…

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Professional Research Links

American Astronomical Society (AAS) American Meteor Society Astrophysical Institute of the Canary Islands Berkeley Illinois Maryland Association (BIMA) Brown University Planetary Geology California Space Institute Canadian Space Agency Meteorites and Impacts Advisory Committee Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (CBAT) Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) High…

Astronomy Online Resources

Online Star Charts's Interactive Sky Chart AstroImage AstroViewer Hawaiian Astronomical Society's Storybook and Deepsky Atlas Heavens Above National Geographic's Star Chart Nearest and Brightest Stars in VRML Sky View Café Project DeepSkyMap StarGazer Java atlas Starchart Map Server Weather Underground Sky Chart