Links

Here’s a list of links to selected websites I think you might find useful. Many are Arizona based, since that’s where Sky Lights is created. If you have a suggestion for additional links, please let me know. Likewise, if you own a website you think should be on this list, please contact me and provide your URL. Exchanging links improves our mutual search engine visibility, and that’s a good thing.

Note: I prefer to avoid commercial sites with ad content. This list of links will continue to grow, but trust that I personally review them and check regularly for broken links. Revisit this page occasionally to see what’s new.

Local Astronomy Clubs Description
 
dfacaz.org Desert Foothills Astronomy Club
eastvalleyastronomy.org/ East Valley Astronomy Club
pasaz.org/ Phoenix Astronomical Society
saguaroastro.org/ Saguaro Astronomy Club
siriuslookers.org/ Sirius Lookers, Sedona, AZ
astroverde.org/ Astronomers of Verde Valley
 
National Astronomy Resources  
 
alpo-astronomy.org Association of Lunar & Planetary Observers
apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html Astronomy Picture of the Day
nasa.gov/centers/hq/home/ NASA home page
astroleague.org/ Astronomical League: Listing of astronomy clubs throughout the United States, and many other valuable resources.
darksky.org/ International Dark-Sky Association (IDA): Protecting our vanishing resource of dark night skies, recommendations for outside lighting, information about how you can help.
spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/index.html NASA Sky Watch: Find out when orbiting spacecraft will be visible from your location, and where to look in the sky to see them.
astrosociety.org/index.html Astronomical Society of the Pacific: Major resource for all things astronomical.
space.jpl.nasa.gov/ This simulator will show you whatever you’re looking for.
spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/ Easily find the ISS using this location utility.
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload Watch a live HD video stream of Earth from the ISS.
spaceplace.nasa.gov/ An outstanding collection of educational resources.
astrogeology.usgs.gov/ USGS: Get maps of Earth, or any another member of our Solar System.
hubblesite.org/ Hubble Space Telescope
 
Weather and Meteorology  
 
forecast.weather.gov/ NWS, your public service weather station. This link takes you to the forecast for New River, Arizona, but just enter your own zipcode, bookmark, and enjoy this fast-loading site with no annoying ads or popups. Also includes satellite visual and IR video loops.
atoptics.co.uk/ Atmospheric Optics: Beautiful images and scientific explanations of luminous atmospheric phenomena. A visual exploration of meteorology.
 
Blogs, Forums, & Websites  
 
madsci.org/ MadSci Network: The laboratory that never sleeps. Vast collection of science and math resources. One of the best on the web, with links to many “Ask A Scientist” services.
askaspaceman.com/ Great podcast, and an opportunity to pose questions to a real astrophysicist.
fios.verizon.com/beacon/iss Beautiful interactive 3D model of the International Space Station. Takes some time to load, but well worth the wait.
theketelsens.blogspot.com Excellent mix of nature and astro photos.
www.pbase.com/polakis Astronomy and nature images by Tom & Jennifer Polakis, some of the most prolific astrophotographers in Arizona.
nexstarsite.com/_RAC/articles/formulas.htm Useful formulas for amateur astronomers.
bestedsites.com/astronomysites Extensive collection of educational astronomy resources for both kids and adults, and a portal to other resources.
nea.org/tools/lessons/stem-resources.html The 10 best STEM resources for educators.
sciencebuddies.org/ Science fair project ideas for home and school.
nsta.org/publications/freebies.aspx NSTA: Exhaustive list of free materials for educators.
pbs.org/wgbh/nova/education/resources/subj_10_03.html PBS Nova Teachers: Resources for many areas of physics.
cosmoquest.org/ Comprehensive portal for space science education resources, featuring mapping tools, teacher lesson plans, student activities, and forums.
lovethenightsky.com/ Well-organized collection of astronomy resources, telescope reviews, educational info, observing tips, contact info for US astronomy clubs, relevant targeted ads.
 
Special Acknowledgment  
fallingupmedia.com/ As an homage, here’s a link to FallingUp Media. They’re a local website development company (among other things), and very good at what they do. Co-founder Cody Helgeson donated his expert assistance improving my blog in the spirit of educational outreach. Thank you sir.