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This page provides a basic list of media to help you pursue your particular interests in astronomy. You can scroll through the entire page, or click a media type below to go directly to that section.
- http://www.psrd.hawaii.edu The Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology at UH Manoa manages this Planetary Science Research Discoveries site containing the latest research on meteorites, planets, and other Solar System bodies. The site also provides links to other astronomy and space flight resources, plus classroom activities for earth and space sciences.
- http://www.astronomy.com The online version of Astronomy magazine, plus much more, including introductory material, best viewing for current month, and multimedia gallery.
- http://skytonight.com Online version of Sky & Telescope magazine, including stargazing basics, telescope buyer's guide, and interactive observing tools.
- http://www.heavens-above.com Enter your location for a customized whole sky chart, satellite and ISS tracking, or sun and moon data, among many other features.
- http://www.space.com Space news, games, entertainment, and science fiction.
- http://www.absoluteastronomy.com Where to ask an astronomy question.
- http://www.refdesk.com/space.html Everything astronomical, from "the single best source for facts on the web."
- http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/astroweb.html AstroWeb is a gold mine of links, listed by category, including organizations, observing resources, data resources, and more.
Celestial News Stories
Telescopes and Observing Resources
For a more extensive listing of programs by platform, see
- Cosmos: The Complete Collection. 2000. 7 DVDs. A digitally restored, remastered, and enhanced version of the original Carl Sagan TV series.
- The Planets: Box Set. 2000. 4 DVDs. The BBC series as aired on A&E.
- From the Earth to the Moon: The Signature Edition. 2005. The epic HBO miniseries.
- Nova: Origins. 2004. 2 DVDs. The four-part miniseries about the beginnings of the universe as aired on PBS's Nova.
For a more extensive list, plus descriptions, see
Periodicals and Articles
- Astronomy (monthly). Excellent articles on astronomy and telescopes, plus lots of ads concerning telescopes and observing equipment. Kalmbach Publishing Co., http://www.astronomy.com/.
- Sky & Telescope (monthly). Emphasis on enhancing your observing experience, plus articles on current research and discoveries, and equipment, book, and software reviews. Sky Publishing Corp., http://www.skyandtelescope.com/.
- Discover (monthly). Articles on scientific subjects, including astronomy. Buena Vista Magazines, http://discovermagazine.com/.
Articles by IfA Astronomers
- Na Kilo Hoku (quarterly IfA newsletter). This publication is mailed to all Friends of IfA.
- "The Coming Giant Sky Patrols" by Peter Jedicke and Robert Jedicke. Sky & Telescope magazine, September 2008. A description of the new sky survey telescopes, co-authored by IfA astronomer Robert Jedicke.
General Astronomy and Cosmology
- Belkora, Leila. Minding the Heavens - The Story of Our Discovery of the Milky Way. Institute of Physics Publishing 2003. How scientists discovered that we live in a galaxy, as told through the lives of scientists from the 1700s to the 20th century.
- Bryson, Bill. A Short History of Nearly Everything. Broadway Books 2003. The witty Bryson's long but quite readable book about the universe. A good grounding for beginners. Includes an extensive bibliography.
- Croswell, Ken. Magnificent Universe. Simon & Schuster 1999. Maybe the best coffee-table book of astronomy.
- Corfield, Richard. Lives of the Planets. Basic Books, Perseus Books Group 2007. A sweeping tour of our solar system, from the Sun to beyond the Kuiper Belt.
- Danielson, Dennis. The Book of the Cosmos: Imagining the Universe from Heraclitus to Hawking. Perseus Publishing 2000. The universe as described by big thinkers from biblical times to the present. Lasting rewards to the patient reader.
- Ferris, Timothy. The Whole Shebang: a State of the Universe(s) Report. Simon & Schuster 1997. A well-written and accessible report on the current state of cosmology by one of today's foremost science writers. Extensive notes and an excellent glossary.
- Fraknoi, Andrew; Morrison, David; and Wolff, Sidney. Voyages Through the Universe. Saunders College Pub. 2000 with update 2001. One of the best college textbooks (some editions come with CDs). Recommended for serious readers.
- Greene, Brian. The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory. Vintage Books 1999. String theory explained in understandable terms.
- Greene, Brian. The Fabric of the Cosmos. Vintage Books 2005. Science magazine calls this "the best exposition and explanation of early twenty-first century research into the fundamental nature of the universe." Describes space, time, the Big Bang, string theory, and M theory.
- Hawking, Stephen. A Brief History of Time, Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversay Edition . Bantam Books 1998. An updated classic with new chapters on worm holes and time travel.
- Hawking, Stephen. The Universe in a Nutshell. Bantam Books 2001. An update to Hawking's Brief History, with many illustrations. This will challenge your mind.
- Kuhn, Karl F. and Koupelis, Theo. In Quest of the Universe, 4th ed. Jones & Bartlett 2004. A comprehensive introduction to astronomy designed for non-science majors.
- Rees, Martin. Before the Beginning: Our Universe and Others. Helix Books 1997. Covers many theoretical topics in an easy to read format. Extensive notes plus suggested list for further reading.
- Singh, Simon. The Big Bang. Harper Perennial 2004. One of the best, most readable guides to cosmology. Great for non-scientists. Excellent glossary.
- Dickinson, Terence. 1998. Nightwatch: a Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe. Firefly Books. 3rd edition revised and expanded for use through 2010 with foreword by Timothy Ferris. "A complete first book of astronomy."
- Rhoads, Samuel E. 1996. The Sky Tonight: a Guided Tour of the Stars Over Hawaii. Bishop Museum Press. Star charts plotted from Hawaii's latitude.
- Tirion, Wil and Roger W. Sinnott. 1998. Sky Atlas 2000: Sky Publishing Corp. Probably the most popular atlas of star charts.