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Sky and Telescope’s safe eclipse viewing guide
You can view the partial eclipse safely and easily following the directions provided.
Sky & Telescope's Interactive Star Chart
You must register first (it's free) to use this on-line chart. Follow the directions to get a chart that will show the sky for any location, at any time. You can also create a .pdf file to view from your computer any time.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Each day brings a fascinating look at astronomy, and an explanation of what you are seeing.
The National Information STEM Education Network has provided science and engineering based curriculum, programs, kits, workshops, professional training, activities, and so much more, to help schools, organizations, and especially museums, provide opportune space-science education.
International Space Station Google Street View
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station used cameras to capture 360 degree, spherical panoramas that were then used to create a Google Street View image, explorable to all here on Earth.
Cassini-Huygens at Saturn
The home page for the Cassini mission provides in depth discoveries, images, and videos for the current orbiter who's about to end its 20 year mission.
Juno: Mission to Jupiter
When Juno first met Jupiter on July 4th, 2016, it marked a new era of studying the largest gas planet of our solar system. Click the link for discoveries, images, videos, and more.
The International Space Station
This website will provide you constant updates on current research, technology, life science, veggie growth experiments, spacewalks, launchings and landings, and more.
The Mars Exploration Program
This is the home page for all of the on-going missions to Mars, like the Curiosity Rover, Reconnaissance Orbiter, and exciting new missions for the future.
International Space Station Google Street View
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station used on board cameras to capture 360 degree spherical images, used to make the ISS available to all on Google Street View. Explore at the link above and search for the many hidden treasures?
Vermont Astronomical Society
The Vermont Astronomical Society (VAS) is a group of amateur astronomers that has been serving northern Vermont for over 45 years. Membership ranges from beginning naked-eye stargazers to advanced amateurs with home observatories and elaborate equipment.
Northern Skies Observatory
Based out of Peacham, VT, NSO is operated by the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation who work with schools and organizations to bring the science and wonder of astronomy to the northern New England area.
This is the home of NASA, where science ranges from the Earth to the ends of the universe. That means there's a lot to explore!
Astronomy Society of the Pacific
ASP provides science literacy in astronomy, curriculum, workshops, professional training, and much more to schools and organizations interested in fostering curiosity about space, science, and planet Earth.
Beyond the Chalkboard
Our friends at the Boston Children's Museum provide activities, enrichment, programs, and philosophy to better help children engage and explore in all topics from math, art, to space, to culture, and more.
News and information about the Earth-Sun environment, including astronomy events (eclipses, moon phenomena, asteroids, etc.), discoveries, the Rosetta Mission from ESA, solar activity, and the Northern Lights.
The Old Farmer's Almanac
Your source for guides and tips on gardening, weather, full moon cycles, best astronomy days, and more.
There are thousands of books, and each has information that can be helpful. You might collect a few before you find one that matches your taste and way of thinking about astronomy. To help you get started, check with your local library or favorite book store for the following titles:
The Stars by H. A. Rey
Rey, well known for writing and illustrating the "Curious George" books, wrote this wonderful introduction to the night sky in the 1950s, and it remains one of the best for a wide range of ages and interests.
NightWatch by Terrence Dickinson
This ring-bound book leads the beginning star gazer through the heavens, rich in photographs, charts, and lots of practical information.
Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning by Richard Hinkley Allen
For those who love the myths and origins of star names and constellations, this is a wonderful start. Some of the interpretations have been challenged in recent years as others have looked into the subject, so it is not considered the final authority. But it is still a wealth of ideas and information.
Night Sky: A Guide to Field Identification (Golden Field Guides) by Mark R. Chartrand
This all around guide book shows you how to find the constellations, describes the nature of the heavens and the objects we see, and how to set up and use a telescope
Exploring the Night Skies with Binoculars by David Chandler
This is must, because it gives such practical and realistic expectations about what you can see.
Also of interest:
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Astronomy by Christopher De Pree and Alan Axelrod
Cosmos by Carl Sagan
365 Starry Nights by Chet Raymo
The Sky: A User’s Guide by David Levy