Special Events ... coming soon


  next lunar eclipse in Durham:   April 15, 2014             October 8, 2014

  next solar eclipse in Durham:   August 21, 2017

       detailed info for eclipses during 2013 - 2014


        Lunar eclipses: 2011 - 2020           Solar eclipses: 2011 - 2020

  next transit of Mercury: never mind

  last  transit of Venus    June 5, 2012

    next transit of Venus:  December 11, 2117

  lunar eclipse computer

    NASA solar eclipse explorer

    NASA lunar eclipse explorer

comet ISON, r.i.p.:

from Sky&Telescope
from Earth&Sky
from Astronomy
from Matt


Weekly & Monthly Events

 
    Durham  Clear Sky Chart tells you the likelihood of clear skies over the next two days

            download skymaps here
       
in-the-sky

       This Week's Sky at a Glance from Sky and Telescope 

The Sky This Week from Astronomy magazine

Night Sky Notes from Abrams planetarium


this month's Sky Calendar from Abrams planetarium

Indiana University's StarTrak monthly description of sky events

tonight's sky   tells you exactly what's up....

planet summary

  Stellarium: free, open-source planetarium software



specialized planetary/lunar information


    phases of the moon:  real-time info     with UT times  

          sunrise/sunset moonrise/moonset/moonphase/eclipses  and lots more.... from USNO

 graphical planetary rising, setting, visibility times through August 2014

planetary finding charts through 2019


Saturn satellite viewer  &  Saturn moon tracker 
produce a diagram of where the plamets' moons are given the time and
so that you can figure out which satellite is which

Jupiter viewer  &  Jupiter moon tracker


where are the asteroids?  includes finder charts
best oppositions coming up:
Pallas:  late January - early March 2014 (max brightness: m = 6.3)
Hebe:  late September 2013 - January 2014 (max brightness: m = 7.4)

 
            lunar occultation data  International Occultation Timing Association
 
              Earth and Moon Viewer see where the day-night terminator is, the earth from any location in space, etc.

Heavens Above  for observing brighter satellites and Indium flares


  Stellarium: free, open-source planetarium software

Stars and Constellations


astronomy news & discoveries


Young Astronomers Newsletter  by Art Gormeley now is in pdf with active links

Earth & Sky


Sky and Telescope

astrobites  an arXiv summary for undergraduate astrophysicists in training

Astronomy Magazine
      



broadcasts & podcasts


  PBS' Jack Horkheimer is StarHustler now StarGazer


  this week's radio scripts from Earth & Sky with Debra Byrd and Joel Block

 StarDate Online from McDonald Observatory





celestial navigation


Navigation and related subject
Celestial Navigation
 Celestial Navigation: Intro gone?
A Short Guide to Celestial Navigation
Celestial Navigation Resource list from USNO


telescopes and binoculars

Telescope Buying Guide  from Morehead Planetarium

Heretic's Telescope Guide  the best guide

Telescope Review website

How to Choose Telescopes & Binoculars  from SkyandTelescope

Reviews of astronomical telescopes, binoculars, & other stuff  from SkyandTelescope


archaeoastronomy & astronomy history

Archaeoastronomy Newsletter

Archaeoastronomy   the Journal of Astronomy in Culture

Journal for the History of Astronomy

Aboriginal (Native American) Star Knowledge

Maya Astronomy and calendar, writing, mathematics, ...
Maya Astronomy
Astronomy of the Mayans

Australian Aboriginal Astronomy
Australian Indigenous Astronomy

Archaeoastronomy, Ancient Astronomy and Ethnoastronomy  more documents than you can look at in a lifetime


   
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