Special Events

 coming soon

  next total lunar eclipses in Durham:    April 4, 2015  (at moonset)  and  September 28, 2015

  next solar eclipse in Durham:   August 21, 2017

       detailed info for eclipses during   2015  and  2016

        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

       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.

  Stellarium: free, open-source planetarium software

Stars and Constellations

the smaller objects of he solar system

current comets     and     current comets

meteor shower calendar

meteorite classification

Meteorite Times magazine

Heavens Above  for observing brighter satellites and Indium flares

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

(free) sky apps

Google Sky Map

Mobile Observatory

Sky Chart

Celestron Sky Portal


Night Sky Lite

Sky and Telescope Skyweek  sky events of the week

Exoplanet Explorer Lite        or        Exoplanet Catalog        or 

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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