Ast 1040 Useful Links
Below are a collection of links mentioned in a previous semester's lectures. As we cover our own material this semester, this will get updated. For now, you might find these an interesting preview.
Generally Useful Links:
UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) with the Physics Dept.
HEASARC - High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center, home of the High Energy Astrophysics Picture of the Week.
Earth Observatory – lots of cool pictures of Earth from space.
Sky and Telescope Magazine.
Windows to the Universe site - gobs of astronomical information.
The Universe Today – space and astronomy news.
Solarviews.com – a lot of good, up to date solar system info.
FAQs on naming stars from the IAU.
The great Bad Astronomy Blog.
Links mentioned in Lectures:
Powers of 10 demonstration (in java).
All the Constellations and their Boundaries (but not the stars or lines)
a much better constellation page, with gobs of info and star charts.
3D Universe, seeing things from other perspectives.
Projected changes in some constellations over time.
See all five naked-eye planets at the same time, Jan/Feb 2016.
A good interactive moon phase animation.
Animation showing why the ecliptic is tilted wrt the equator.
Late January, early February: see all five other naked eye planets in the morning sky at once!
The schedule of upcoming eclipses.
All sorts of good java animations and simulations for planetary motions.
The Galileo Project, a hyperlinked biography.
Many mathematician's biographies, which includes many early astronomers.
Isaac Newton and alchemy.
A java virtual experiment to show the Doppler effect.
A good article on what might have happened to Mars' water
A neat claymation video explaining pretty much all of the chapter about meteors, asteroids, and comets
Looking for planets, finding Dysonspheres?
Why Does the Sun Shine by They Might Be Giants.
Some good information about the structure of the sun.
The Really Big Solar Flare of 2 April 2001.
The SOHO mission home page.
The current space weather.
Light speed and distances.
A good xkcd comic about light from the stars.
Binary star animations.
A new solar observatory makes some great new Sun pictures.
A Kahn Academy course on the life and death of stars. We've covering the same thing, so seeing a different class' take on the same topic could be helpful.
A funny take on the superball+basketball bounce demo
Giant gamma ray bubbles discovered in our galaxy.
Where cosmic rays come from.
An online Drake Equation Calculator.
Most likely places for life in the Milky Way.
Those same calculations can come up without a lot of other earths.