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 Desert Foothills Astronomy Club East Valley Astronomy Club Phoenix Astronomical Society Saguaro Astronomy Club Sirius Lookers, Sedona, AZ Astronomers of Verde Valley
National Astronomy Resources Association of Lunar & Planetary Observers Astronomy Picture of the Day NASA home page Astronomical League: Listing of astronomy clubs throughout the United States, and many other valuable resources. International Dark-Sky Association (IDA): Protecting our vanishing resource of dark night skies, recommendations for outside lighting, information about how you can help. NASA Sky Watch: Find out when orbiting spacecraft will be visible from your location, and where to look in the sky to see them. Astronomical Society of the Pacific: Major resource for all things astronomical. This simulator will show you whatever you’re looking for. Easily find the ISS using this location utility. Watch a live HD video stream of Earth from the ISS. An outstanding collection of educational resources. USGS: Get maps of Earth, or any another member of our Solar System. Hubble Space Telescope
Weather and Meteorology 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. Atmospheric Optics: Beautiful images and scientific explanations of luminous atmospheric phenomena. A visual exploration of meteorology.
Blogs, Forums, & Websites provides high school and introductory college level textbooks in many categories, including math, science, physics, biology, and chemistry. All textbooks are open source. They can be viewed online or downloaded as PDFs. This is an excellent resource for independent learners and homeschoolers. 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 Great podcast, and an opportunity to pose questions to a real astrophysicist. Beautiful interactive 3D model of the International Space Station. Takes some time to load, but well worth the wait. Excellent mix of nature and astro photos. Astronomy and nature images by Tom & Jennifer Polakis, some of the most prolific astrophotographers in Arizona. Useful formulas for amateur astronomers. Extensive collection of educational astronomy resources for both kids and adults, and a portal to other resources. The 10 best STEM resources for educators. Science fair project ideas for home and school. NSTA: Exhaustive list of free materials for educators. PBS Nova Teachers: Resources for many areas of physics. Comprehensive portal for space science education resources, featuring mapping tools, teacher lesson plans, student activities, and forums. Well-organized collection of astronomy resources, telescope reviews, educational info, observing tips, contact info for US astronomy clubs, relevant targeted ads. The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Astronomy. Written for the non-scientist. Helpful tips and all you need to know to get into the hobby.
Special Acknowledgment 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.