Bedroom Astronomy: Science that Really Sticks to Your Ceiling by
the editors of Klutz
Like all Klutz books, this one is packed full of cool information in an
extremely readable format. Includes glow-in-the-dark stars to stick on the ceiling (and you can put
them exactly where they're supposed to go by shining a flashlight through the special pages in the
book). Much more than just putting stars on the walls (including sections like "The Amazing
Shrinking Moon," "Why Are Spirals So Popular," "Attack of the Gamma Rays"
and much, much more), this book is, as my son says, "Awesome!"
"In his 'ship of the imagination,' Sagan guides us to the
farthest reaches of space and takes us back into the history of scientific inquiry, from the ancient
library of Alexandria to the NASA probes of our neighboring planets. Upon this vast canvas Sagan
presents the "cosmic calendar," placing the 15-billion-year history of the universe into
an accessible one-year framework, then filling it with a stunning chronology of events, both
interstellar and earthbound. From the
lives of the stars, to creation theories, functions of the human brain, and the ongoing search for
extraterrestrial intelligence, Cosmos asks big questions. When appropriate, Sagan offers big
answers, or asks still bigger--and yes, even spiritual--questions at the boundaries of science and
religion. What's most remarkable about Cosmos is that it remains almost entirely fresh, with few
updates needed to the science that Sagan so passionately celebrates. It is no exaggeration to say
that Cosmos--for all the debate it may continue to provoke--is a vital document for humanity at a
pivotal crossroads of our history."
Your First Telescope
A highly informative (yet simple) article about how to choose your
first telescope. Remember, it's not the magnification power that matters, but the size of the
Calendars Through the Ages
Wonderful site on the history, astronomy and mathematics behind the world's calendars.
"Celestial Navigation is the art and science of finding your way by the
sun, moon, stars, and planets, and, in one form or another, is one of the oldest practices in human
history. This webpage is an attempt to bring together all of the best Celestial Navigation resources
on the internet, with pointers to other resources as well."
The Dome of the Sky
the stars from different latitudes north and south. Learn the star names and the constellations!"
Wonder what the sky will look like tonight? Find out here.
How big is the solar
A "class project," but a great idea, and easy to do outside a
How to Build a Dobsonian
Step by step instructions
"At the Space Telescope
Science Institute, we’re working hard to study and explain the once-unimaginable celestial
phenomena now made visible using Hubble’s cutting-edge technology. In the course of this
exploration we will continue to share with you the grace and beauty of the universe… because
the discoveries belong to all of us." Hauntingly beautiful images from NASA's Hubble Space
Telescope. The site also includes lots of information, an astronomy podcast, and many wonderful
games and activities. A real treasure.
NASA's Cool Cosmos
Cool site with lots of video clips. Check out the "Living in Space" section.
NASA's Solar System
NASA's Space Place
resembles an online magazine
Your Weight on Other Worlds