|Fall 2008||Astronomy 110L||Mon. 7:00 — 10:00 pm|
An interactive planetarium, set up to show the sky now above Honolulu. You can chose other dates and times, select other viewing sites, and zoom in on selected areas. Created by John Walker.
NASA web page which generates accurate, high-quality images of planets and satellites as seen from elsewhere in the Solar System.
Astronomy website for satellite predictions and other resources — useful if you want to see the International Space Station [ISS]. This link is keyed to Honolulu.
The gold standard for astronomy magazines, read by amateur stargazers and professionals alike. On-line pages have many useful links and features.
A resource for observers of planets. Slightly frustrating if your link and computer are not the fastest.
Provides information on upcoming occultations by the Moon, planets, and asteroids.
Resources for variable stars observers. Has information on specific stars, including recent observations.
Free software to simulate the appearance of the sky. Very powerful yet easy to use. Available for Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux.
Free software package useful in creating charts of the sky. Very high quality graphics. Primarily for Windows, but Mac/Linux versions are available. Developed by Patrick Chevalley.
Free software which simulates the appearance of the Moon at any time. You can zoom in, scan across the surface for interesting formations, and click on specific features to display names and other information. Only available for Windows. Developed by Patrick Chevalley and Christian Legrand.
Shows how the sky above Honolulu changes over 24 hours on 22-Sep-08 (fall equinox). This animation illustrates the effect of the Earth's rotation.
Shows how the sky above Honolulu changes during one year, from 21-Dec-07 to 21-Dec-08 (winter solstice). These animations illustrate the effect of the Earth's revolution around the Sun. Note how the constellations visible in the night sky change as the Earth revolves around the Sun. Also, note the Moon's monthly passages across the sky along the ecliptic and the fairly gradual motion of other planets.
Shows the appearance of the Moon from 01-Aug-08 at 00:00 UT to 31-Dec-08 at 18:00 UT (31-Jul-08 at 14:00 HST to 31-Dec-08 at 08:00 HST). Besides the obvious changes in phase, this animation also shows the variation in the Moon's apparent diameter and the `wobbling' motion known as libration. Generated using Solar System Simulator (Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech).
Joshua E. Barnes
(barnes at ifa.hawaii.edu)
24 August 2008