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Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences

CASS/UCSD Astronomy Education Directory

Images, Multimedia Resources, Hypertext Documents and other resources to aid those interested Astronomy, Space Science and Physics.

  • Images and Animations
  • WebSites, Outreach, Tutorials in Hypertext
  • Online Course Pages
  • Curriculum Resources
  • Text Documents
  • Astronomy & Science Publications
  • Societies & Professional Organizations
  • Physics Educational Sites
  • Related Educational Sites
  • CASS's page of general astronomy links
  • Please Note: We attempt to keep this site up-to-date; these sites were active when last checked, but may well have changed or disappeared. If you find outdated links or have new links to suggest please send email to the address below.

    Links verified and updated 15 Dec 1998.

    Astronomical Images and Animations

    Astronomy Picture of the Day
    Each day featuring a new image, background information & links about some current astronomical subject. Searchable index of back pages. Highly Recommended!

    AstroWeb Index of Pretty Pictures .
    Comprehensive listing of Web Sites with Astronomical Images (133 sites 1/99).

    Multimedia Tours of the Solar System:
  • The Nine Planets by Bill Arnett.
  • The Nine Planets - For Kids!
  • Views of the Solar System by Calvin Hamilton (also in French, German, Portuguese & Spanish).
  • Welcome to the Planets from Voyager (JPL).
  • DSN Solar System by Ken Edgett (ASU).
  • Regional Planetary Image Facility Smithsonian Institution.
  • National Solar Observatory Exhibit.
  • Black Holes by Robert Nemiroff, GSFC
    Images and Animations of the Gravitational Effects near a Black Hole or other massive compact objects.

    Anglo-Australian Observatory.
    David Malin's fine color images.

    HST Public Images from the Space Telescope Science Institute.
    HST Images indexed by subject.
    Hubble Space Telescope Heritage Project.

    The Web Nebulae - Bill Arnett.
    Another fine tour by Arnett, this time of nebulae.

    SEDs Messier Database
    Images & supporting information, everything you ever wanted to know about the 100+ galaxies, clusters & nebulae in Messier's list of bright fuzzy things that are not comets.

    Astronomical Image Galleries at the University of Alabama:
  • Galaxy Images by Bill Keel
  • Quasar & Active Galaxy Images
  • Clusters & Deep Fields
  • Interacting Galaxy Images
  • Princeton Galaxy Catalog.
    CCD images of 31 nearby galaxies taken with the Palomar 1.5m telescope by Zsolt Frei & Jim Gunn.

    University of Oregon CCD Images of Galaxies & other fun stuff.

    Astronomical Image Library
    will search the Web for images of your favorite astronomial Object.

    University of Washington Hyperlink Site Library of Images & Animations.

    H. C. Arp's Catalog of Peculiar and Interacting Galaxies.

    Georgeous Amateur Images
  • Digital Images of the Sky by Sven Kohle & Till Credner, Univ. Bonn
  • Celestial Images by John Gleason
  • Radio Images of Radio Galaxies & Quasars by Alan Bridle NRAO.

    Digitized Sky Survey Images
  • Space Telescope Science Institute Digitized Sky Survey Online database of Palomar Schmidt Survey (North - 1rst Epoch or 2nd Epoch where available) and UK Schmidt Survey plates, digitized in 1.7arcsec (1rst Epoch) or 1.0arcsec (2nd Epoch) pixels. Request any region of the sky with a field of view up to 1 degree.
  • U. Minnesota Automated Plate Scanner
    Online database of images from the Palomar Sky Survey 1rst Epoch Plates.
  • Space Movie Archive at Bordeaux University.
    Archive containing astronomical simulations & many NASA space clips in mpeg, avi ... format.

    Index of some useful Animations
  • Space Telescope Science Institute's Index of HST Animations. Mpeg & Quicktime animations constructed from or in support of the Hubble Space Telescope's observations. Everything from planetary weather to supernovae to black holes.
  • NCSA's Astronomy & Astrophysics Animations. - A wealth of simulations including colliding black holes, planetary & galaxy formation to accompany their superb Cosmos in a Computer (Cosmology) and Spacetime Wrinkles (Relativity) tutorials.
  • Speckle Movies illustrating atmospheric "seeing" from the Applied Optics Group, Imperial College, London.
  • Supernova Explosion in NGC 5128 = Centaurus A from the Berkeley Supernova Cosmology Project.

  • WebPages, Outreach Sites, Tutorials

    Imagine the Universe from the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is intended for High School students and above with two levels of information geared toward High-Energy Astronomy. Includes Imagine Science with sections on astronomical objects from stars to quasars, Satellite Missions, a Teachers' Corner, Ask a NASA Scientist, and a Dictionary of astronomical terms.

    NASA Spacelink
    NASA's Internet System for Education incl. education resources directory, instruction materials, lesson plans, curriculum guides, software, mission information & images.

    Windows on the Universe
    University of Michigan site with Solar System materials, astronomy and space science references and images aimed at a variety of levels, teachers' resources, links to data sources, and news items.

    Space Educator's Handbook.
    NASA space education resources including Space Movies, Science Fiction as a teaching tool, Space Calendar, and other educational resources dealing with space exploration and science. Also includes downloadable versions of the files for Macintosh and PCs (ToolBook/Windows).

    A Wormhole in the Cosmos
    News, resources, space images on topics of astronomical interest.

    Explorations in Education - Space Telescope Science Institute
    Electronic picturebooks compiled HST and other Space images in Mac hyperstack format. Stored at the Space Telescope Science Institute along with a number of other educational activities.

    Hands on Universe - Lawrence Berkeley Lab
    DOE/NSF funded project for high school students to request imaging observations from the Leuschner Observatory 30" telescope for educational research. Non participants may download FITS format images.

    The StarChild Project - NASA/GSFC Learning Center for K-12 Astronomers.
    Dual level introduction to the Solar System, the Universe, Space Stuff and more.

    University of Washington Hypermedia Web Server
    Includes Cosmological Simulations, and other materials from the UW HPCC/ESS Project (including a page of science and mathematics education resources).

    Astronomy Cafe conducted by NASA Astronomer, Dr. Sten Odenwald answers questions about Astronomy and what it's like to be an Astronomer.

    Bad Astronomy takes well aimed shots at the misuse of Astronomy & Physics in the media and other popular culture. A great way to challenge students' assumptions about the Universe and put them on the right track.

    Bradford Robotic Telescope Observatory
    Observatory exploration, multimedia guide to Stars and Galaxies.

    Tutorials by Subject

    Black Holes & Neutron Stars
    Chris Miller's Black Holes & Netron Stars will suck you in. Falling into a Black Hole by Andrew Hamilton, U. Colorado - pretty advanced
    Pulsar Tutorial from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, with JAVA Animations.
    Spacetime Wrinkles from the National Center for Supercomputer Applications; excellent site focusing on the General Theory, Black Holes & Neutron Stars and Cosmology. Highly Recommended!
    Einstein Online links to sources about Albert Einstein.
    Dark Matter - Center for Particle Astrophysics, UC Berkeley.
    The Search for Dark Matter.
    National Center for Supercomputer Applications Cosmos in a Computer.
    Highly recommended tutorial on cosmology and associated subjects. Final Pages focus on numerical cosmology (computer simulations).
    Ned Wright's (UCLA) Cosmology Tutorial
    Highly recommended, but somewhat advanced review of modern cosmology. First page features very useful & up-to-date Cosmology News from the current journals, annotated with Wright's insights. The Tutorial includes Wright's analyses of current cosmological investigations, plus a "fads & fallacies" section. Also see his Relativity Tutorial.
    Jonathan Dursi's Dark Matter Tutorial
    Martin White's Dark Matter Tutorial NASA's Tutorial on the Hubble Parameter and the expansion of the Universe.
    Cosmic Microwave Background
    Big Bang Cosmology Primer from Berkeley's Center for Particle Astrophysics.
    Beginner's Introduction to the Cosmic Microwave Background by Wayne Hu at Princeton's Instutute for Advanced Study.
    Foundations of Modern Cosmology by John Hawley, U. Virginia.
    PBS Mysteries of Deep Space Interactive Timeline
    History of Astronomy
    History of Astronomy at U. Bonn, maintained on behalf of IAU Commission 41 - The History of Astronomy. History of Astronomy & Archaeoastronomy Links.
    History of Mathematics at St. Andrews U., Scotland, with 1350 biographies & links, including many Astronomers & Physicists.
    The Galileo Project at Rice U.
    The Art of Renaissance Science
    Women in Science
    History of High-Energy Astrophysics
    History of Astronomy & Space Sciences Index from the University of Washington.
    Archaeoastronomy - mirror of Wolfgang Dick's page at Bonn.
    Calvin Hamilton's History of Space Exploration - part of his Views of the Solar System

    Tutorials by Spectral Region

    Infrared Astronomy
    Education/Outreach site from NASA/Caltech's Infrared Processing & Analysis Center

    CEA Science Education - Center for EUV Astrophysics, Berkeley.
    A variety of online resources for students and teachers centered around the Berkeley Space Science Lab's Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer Satellite.
    Chandra X-Ray Observatory's X-Ray Astronomy Field Guide at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
    Excellent guide about x-ray astronomy, stellar astronomy, black holes & quasars - everything that emits x-rays
    High-Energy Astrophysics Learning Center - NASA/Goddard X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Center.
    Learning Center dedicated to the x-ray and gamma-ray regions of the spectrum, high energy satellites; including a Teacher's Corner.
    Gamma Rays - Compton Gamma Ray Observatory.
    NASA Educational Brief.
    The Magnetosphere - Dr. James Green, Goddard Space Flight Center
    Basics of Space Flight - JPL
    An extensive tutorial on Space Flight, including the space/solar system environment, spacecraft function and design and spaceflight operations.
    Student Space Awareness Virtual HQ, Univ. of Arizona.
    Includes a hypertext map of the shuttle with descriptions of shuttle design & function.
    Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
    mainly K-6 - "Using Science and the Internet as Everyday Classroom Tools"

    Web Based Courses

    College-Level Astronomy Courses
    Unannotated list of 100+ (mostly lower-division) astronomy courses ranging from complete web-based courses to courses with a minimum of web material, maintained by Dr. Reggie Hudson, Eckerd College.

    World Lecture Hall Astronomy Courses
    The World Lecture Hall at U. Texas, Austin, checks sites for completeness & provides some annotation. 17 courses at last glance (one in Italian!)

    Complete Web-based Lecture Notes
    These offer (or will do) complete web-based texts with good images and links to sites related to the material. Highly Recommended; we have linked pages from these sites extensively to our course website.
  • Bakersfield College: Astronomy Notes by Nick Strobel.
    Very complete text with many good images & links.
  • U. Colorado: Stars & Galaxies by Dick McCray.
    Complete hypertext course, well written & thorough.
  • U. Tennessee, Knoxville: Stars, Galaxies & Cosmology
    Well organized site with very extensive pages for what appears to be a complete Web-based text at the more advanced lower-division level (lots of equations); related to Mike Guidry's Violence in the Universe Site. Somewhat incomplete and contains a number of broken links.
  • U. Tennessee, Knoxville: The Solar System
    Similar & complete set of pages for Solar System Astronomy.
  • U. Hertfordshire, UK Short on graphics, but good information.
  • Substantial Course Outlines
  • Calif., San Diego: The Universe by Gene Smith
    Our UCSD Course, much like our tutorial pages.
  • Cornell U.: The Nature of the Universe by Terry Herter.
  • Ohio State: Stellar, Galactic & Extragalactic Astronomy by Rick Pogge.
  • Ohio State: Stellar, Galactic & Extragalactic Astronomy by Barbara Ryden.
  • Stanford U.: The Nuture of the Universe by Jeff Willick.
  • U. Oregon Properties of our Solar System by Greg Bothun.
  • U. Oregon Stars: Their Structure & Evolution by James Imamura.
  • U. Oregon Cosmology & the Origin of Life by Greg Bothun.
  • U. Rochester: Black Holes, Time Warps & Large Scale Structure by Dan Watson.
  • TextBook Websites
    University of Oregon Electronic Textbooks
    Topics include: Properties of Galaxies, Planetary Motion, Inverse Square Law, The Interstellar Medium, Stellar Evolution, Nucleosynthesis in Stars, and The Evolution of Star Clusters. Some of these require the use of Unix/X11 systems. This is part of the University of Oregon Electronic Universe Project.

    Astronomy: From the Earth to the Universe by Jay Pasachoff
    This site contains updates to several chapters in his book.

    Snow & Brownsberger - Universe : Origins & Evolution.
    Apparently ALL of the figures from this text plus links to related materials.

    Curriculum Resources

    National Science Educations Standards (U.S.) - Check this first!

    The Star*s Family - Star Bits
    A multilingual database of abbreviations, acronyms, contractions, etc. - not a dictionary.

    Glossary of Solar-Terrestrial Terms

    Project CLEA - Contemporary Laboratory Exercises in Astronomy
    This set of laboratory activities is available at no charge for Mac and PC computers. Includes lab manuals. Sponsored by Gettysburg College and the NSF.

    Astronomy Labs Dr. Siobhan Morgan, University of Northern Iowa
    Introductory Astronomy Labs including Math Methods, Stellar Spectroscopy, Radiation Laws, H-R Diagram, Galactic Rotation.

    Instructional Resources at the University of Alabama
    Topics include: All About Galaxies, Example of True-Color I maging, Effects of Atmospheric Conditions on Observations, Edge-on Galaxy NGC 5746 and its Rotation Curve, Comet Shoemaker-Levy, and Uranus Data.

    Astronomical Courseware (UMass)
    Includes computer simulations on cluster evolution, orbitals, and black body radiation.

    Project Athena
    Curriculum Resources for K-12 science.

    Teacher Resources from JPL

    Planetary Missions -
    National Space Sciences Data Center (NSSDC) database of planetary missions catalogued by planet.

    Text Documents (leaflets, newsletters, radio transcripts, etc.)

    The Universe in the Classroom
    Astronomical Society of the Pacific Newsletter for Teachers (also in Spanish).
    Royal Greenwich Observatory Information Leaflets
    Range of topics from the solar system to space travel.
    Galileo Messenger - JPL
    Newsletter about Project Galileo and its approach to Jupiter.
    The Martian Chronicle
    The electronic newsletter for Mars exploration.
    StarDate Online - McDonald Observatory, University of Texas
    Scripts for the current daily show, archives and other resources.
    Earth and Sky Radio Scripts
    Archives through Nov., 1994.
    Space Calendar
    Space-related activities and anniversaries for the coming year.
    Ascending Node:
    Electronic newsletter put out by SEDS at University of Arizona.
    NOAO Educational Resources:
    Resources from the National Optical Astronomy Observatories, including Frequently Asked Questions about being an astronomer and a recipe for Making a Comet in the Classroom.
    Hot Star Newsletter
    The Hot Star Newsletter is an electronic publication on hot luminous stars (Wolf-Rayet stars, LBV, Of and O stars) and related phenomena in galaxies.
    The Be Star Newsletter
    The Be Star Newsletter is open to all contributions (observations, theory, or other news) concerning early-type stars and especially hot, near main-sequence stars.
    Bad Astronomy
    This site contains a number of articles on misconceptions.

    Astronomy & Science Publications

    Astronomy Magazine.
    Articles from recent publications, aimed at amateurs and general public.

    Sky & Telescope - Sky Online.
    Articles from recent publications and other Astronomy resources, principally aimed at the amateur astronomer.

    Astronomy Online - British magazine
    Includes news summary, discussion of the month's sky, and picture of the month.

    The Astronomer
    Online magazine for the "advanced amateur".
    Scientific American.
    A selection of online astronomy articles & commentary. Check our Index of Astronomy Articles Online.
    Also, the March 1998 Special Issue The Magnificent Cosmos, with educator's guide.

    Science Online.

    New Scientist Planet Science

    Science News

    Societies and Professional Organizations

    AstroWeb Listing of Astronomical Societies

    American Astronomical Society

    Astronomical Society of the Pacific

    Related Sites with Education Resources

    AstroWeb Educational Resources

    International Space Physics Educational Consortium


    Space Science Education Home Page - Goddard Space Flight Center
    Data from several NASA missions, student activities, teacher resources.

    NASA Planetary Data System Infrared Subnode (Mars Global Surveyor) - Arizona State University
    Mars K-12 Educational Program

    WWW Virtual Library: Astronomy Education.
    Science Favorites for Students & Teachers from NASA's Astronomical Data Facility.
    Not just astronomy; dinosaurs, animals, minerals & more.


    Contemporary Physics Education Project (CPEP) - Lawrence Berkrley Lab.
    CPEP is a non-profit organization of teachers, educators, and physicists. CPEP materials present the current understanding of the fundamental nature of matter and energy, incorporating recent major research findings.

    Fermilab Education HomePage


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    Last Updated 20 May, 1999

    Conducted by Gene Smith, CASS/UCSD, with considerable assistance from S. Rappoport.
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    Prof. H. E. (Gene) Smith
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