Astronomy 110 Laboratory:
Web Resources

Fall 2010 Astronomy 110L Tue. 7:00 — 10:00 pm

Web Sites

  Your Sky from Honolulu
  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.
  Solar System Simulator
  NASA web page which generates accurate, high-quality images of planets and satellites as seen from elsewhere in the Solar System.
  Heavens Above
  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.
  Sky and Telescope
  The gold standard for astronomy magazines, read by amateur stargazers and professionals alike. On-line pages have many useful links and features.
  Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers
  A resource for observers of planets. Slightly frustrating if your link or computer are slow, but contains some great images.
  International Occultation Timing Association []   Provides information on upcoming occultations by the Moon, planets, and asteroids.
  American Association of Variable Star Observers
  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.
  Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts)
  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.
  Virtual Moon Atlas
  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. Developed by Patrick Chevalley and Christian Legrand.


Joshua E. Barnes      (barnes at
Updated: 22 August 2010
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