collection of online abstracts and publications in astronomy and astrophysics
- Astro-ph arXiv
archive of papers, abstracts, etc., in astronomy & astrophysics; updated daily M-F; Warning: many of the papers uploaded to the arXiv have not been refereed
provides access to published astronomical catalogues; you can search for all objects with catalogued magnitudes, spectra, proper motions, parallaxes, etc. within some coordinate range
- Exoplanet Research
overview of the field of exoplanet research
- Digitized Sky Survey (DSS)
download digitized images of any part of the sky; great for creating finder charts of targets
- SDSS DR8 Finding Chart Tool
Sloan digital sky survey (optical) images of the sky
GALEX ultraviolet (UV) images of the sky
- USNO Tables
Sun/moon rise times and twilight times
- Binary Stars and Masses
document explaining the mechanics of binary stars
- Spyder Python IDE
Spyder is the Scientific PYthon Development EnviRonment: a powerful interactive development environment for the Python language. UNC has a great beginner's Spyde/Pythong tutorial here and others here.
Ureka is a collection of useful astronomy software that is generally centered around Python and IRAF.
package for viewing/processing FITS images in Windows
- Greg Laughlin's systemic console
console package for characterizing exoplanets, fitting orbits to RV curves, etc.
- Wheeler's Rules of Writing
Rules of (scientific) writing
- Beginners Guide to Research in Astronomy
an excellent resource for students who are new to astronomy research, written by Kevin Luhman at Penn State
- Khan Academy
Need a little extra help understanding a particular topic, whether in physics, astronomy, economics, or some other field of study? More than likely, you'll find a video at Khan Academy that will explain just the topic you're looking for.
- Tips for Applying to Graduate School in Astronomy
a Q&A page from UT Austin focused on applying to graduate school in astronomy
- Advice on Applying to Graduate School in Astronomy
an excellent and honest document telling it how it is concerning applying to graduate school, written by Jane Ribgy
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- Heavens Above
great resource for amateur observing; contains star charts, asteroid/planet/comet ephemerides, satellite passes, etc.
- Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)
new astronomy-related image posted every day; can sync to desktop background
- Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD)
like APOD, but focusing on our own planet
overview of current space weather conditions, including sunspots, auroral activity, solar wind data, etc.
- Dept. Database
password-protected dept. database