Astronomy and Space Science

NASA Television

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NASA's super-cool, informative TV with public, general media, and live streaming video of earth from space!


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News and information about the Sun-Earth environment. Includes "Current Conditions," Aurora Alerts, "Fly-By" (man-made and natural objects in the sky), and "Earth to Sky" (a Facebook page from motivated students in Bishop, CA).

Astronomy (Magazine website)

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The website of Astronomy magazine. Ads on page.

Sky and Telescope

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Sky and Telescope is a webpage of AAS Sky Publishing, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Astronomical Society. The week's sky, stargazing news, sky tour podcasts, and much more. Also a few ads.


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"Updates on your cosmos and world." From a poster about their story, since 2013 this website is: "A gathering place and community for nature-lovers and photographers, star-gazers and science aficionados around the world. Science, nature, truth, beauty, friendship....YOU!!"

ISS Tracker

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Track the location of the International Space Station in real-time. See the plotted paths of past, present and future orbits all from a single page.

NASA –National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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NASA's main page--need we say more? Don't get lost.... or do!

NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Astronomy Picture of the Day . Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

Visit Website produces and supplies professionally-designed maps of the night sky in digital format. Some are free; they sell others as well as custom maps.

NASA’s SpacePlace

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NASA's SpacePlace-- for younger enthusiasts.

Chandra X-Ray Observatory

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The website of the Chandra X-ray Center, Operated for NASA by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The site was developed with funding from NASA. Tons of information for enthusiasts and educators!

Loines Observatory
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The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association is a private non-profit organization located on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts. The Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) was founded in 1902 to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and, above all, educator, Maria Mitchell. After she discovered a comet in 1847, Mitchell’s international fame led to many achievements and awards, including an appointment as the first American Professor of Astronomy at Vassar College. Maria Mitchell believed in “learning by doing” and today that philosophy is reflected in MMA’s mission statement, programs, research projects, and other activities.

The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages.

59 Milk St
Nantucket, MA 02554

Maria Mitchell Association:
4 Vestal Street
Nantucket, MA 02554

Werner-Schmidt Observatory
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The Werner Schmidt Observatory is run by the Cape Cod Astronomical Society,a group of amateur astronomers who enjoy looking at the cosmos and teaching others about our craft. They are dedicated to: Providing instruction and education for those who wish to view the skies; Supporting those with special interests in astronomy, space science and related fields; and, Preserving our night skies and saving energy by reducing light pollution.
They meet once a month to share ideas and observing experiences, and to participate in an astronomy or science presentation. CCAS also sponsors regular public “star parties” at the Werner Schmidt Observatory, as well as meetings where members can do casual observing and conduct scientific studies.

Werner Schmidt Observatory
210 Station Ave
Dennis-Yarmouth High School
South Yarmouth, MA 02664

The Harwich Observatory

(508) 430-7216
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Our facility, located at Harwich Elementary School, offers ideal dark-sky viewing conditions and a variety of equipment to explore the cosmos.

The observatory houses the following: Tectron Dobsonian-mount Reflector with 32 inch diameter mirror; Orion Dobsonian 10 inch Reflector with plug-in computer module; Astro-Physics 6 inch Refractor on German Equatorial mount; Dobsonian-mount Reflector with 8 inch mirror; andBinoculars, spectra scope, lenses, filters and other attachments. The observatory serves as a location for the community and interested parties to view the wonders of the skies; as a science lab for students to engage in cosmic discoveries and log data with other observatories; and as a satellite facility for college students who need to conduct research in a dark-sky, light-pollution-free environment.

Harwich Elementary School
263 South Street
Harwich, MA 02645

Harvard College Observatory
(617) 495-7461
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The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics sponsors a variety of free programs for the public. Among these events are Observatory Nights held on the third Thursday of the month, six times per academic year. Observatory Nights feature a nontechnical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. The lectures are intended for high-school age and older audiences but children are also welcome. We also sponsor a variety of other special observing events throughout the year. Admission is free and seating is first-come, first-served.

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138