The Jacana Astronomy Site

 

 

Interesting Articles & Websites

 

Links to a wide range of subjects, interesting articles and websites

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The Solar System

Understanding the solar system [Astronomy Magazine] Varied worlds large and small offer backyard observers spectacular targets for the naked eye, binoculars, and telescope.

 

 

 

 

Constellations

The starry sky [Astronomy Magazine] Learn a few constellations and you'll have a familiar friend every clear night.

 

 

 

 

The Sun

The sun [Astronomy Magazine] Billions of years ago, our galaxy gave birth to an unassuming star. Even today, that star is the only one astronomers can study in detail.

 

 

 

 

The Moon and Planets

The moon and planets [Astronomy Magazine] Here is a thumbnail guide to the fascinating worlds of our solar system.

Annotated Moon Map [oarval.org]

 

 

Deep Sky

Explore deep-sky delights [Astronomy Magazine] A number of star clusters, planetary nebulae, and galaxies lie within reach of urban observers.

Naming the Stars by Alan M. MacRobert. Getting to grips with the many star naming systems

 

 

Meteors

Meteors and meteor showers [Astronomy Magazine] You can see a "shooting star" on any dark night — but some nights of the year are much better than others.

 

 

 

 

Comets

Comets [Astronomy Magazine] Snowballs from the solar system's edge create one of grandest spectacles visible to the naked eye.

 

 

 

 

Biographies

   Brahe, Tycho (Astronomer)
   Copernicus, Nicolaus (Astronomer)
   Einstein, Albert (Theoretician)
   Goddard, Robert (Rocket scientist)
   Galilei, Galileo (Scientist)
   Halley, Edmund (Astronomer)
   Hawking, Stephen (Physicist)
   Herschel, Sir William (Astronomer)
   Hubble, Edwin (Astronomer)
   Kepler, Johannes (Astronomer)
   Messier, Charles (Astronomer)
   Newton, Sir Isaac (Scientist & mathematician)
   Ptolemy, Claudius (Astronomer, astrologer & geographer)

Other

Light pollution [Astronomy Magazine] Bad lighting hurts everyone. The loss of the dark star-filled sky is of tragic consequences for the environment and for the human soul, akin to the loss of our forested landscapes and other natural treasures.

Beating the Seeing by Alan M. MacRobert [Sky & Telescope Magazine]. Useful tips for overcoming a common problem.

The aurora [Astronomy Magazine] The ghostly glow of an aurora is the visible manifestation of complex interactions between Earth and the Sun.

Words You Gotta Know by Alan M. MacRobert [Sky & Telescope Magazine].

The Jacana astronomical glossary An extensive list of astronomical terms and definitions.

Free basic astronomy course  from Astronomy 101

   

 

 

 

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