The American Association of Amateur Astronomers (AAAA) is intended to foster interest in amateur astronomy by developing and promoting programs for its membership and the amateur community at large in the areas of observational astronomy and electronic communications on the internet. The AAAA's web site features links to membership information, news releases, and announcements of astronomical events and organizational activities. Educational materials include a tutorial on the solar system, an introduction to the constellations, a history and introduction to astronomy, and a link to the Arp Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies. There is also an FAQ feature, a link to the organization's newsletter, links to partner organizations, and information on products available at the AAAA online store.
The web page of the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology of Melbourne, Australia provides links to news articles and information on research programs and educational programs for university students and the general public. There is also information on the Centre's education and outreach programs, including Swinburne Astronomy Online (SAO), which concentrates on fundamental concepts and key issues in contemporary astronomy for amateur astronomers, educators and communicators, people working in related fields, and the general public. Other materials include Cosmos, an online astronomy encyclopedia for general audiences; information on AstroTours, 3D virtual tours of astronomical objects and phenomena; and information on SpaceWorks, the Centre's commercial arm for combining projection and visualization technology with educational content.
Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGTN) features a comprehensive science research program and an innovative astronomy-education program featuring state-of-the-art instructional materials appropriate for students at all levels, from elementary school through postsecondary. LCOGTN operates two research-class robotic telescopes, the Faulkes Telescope North, located in Maui, Hawaii, and the Faulkes Telescope South, located in Australia at Siding Spring Observatory. These telescopes are available to teachers to use as part of their curricular or extracurricular activities, and are supported by a range of educational materials and a team of educators and professional astronomers. Additional telescopes in Mississippi, Texas, California, and the United Kingdom will further broaden the Network's scope. Real-time observation and still images available.
Web site for amateur astronomers offering free "Getting Started with Your New Telescope" article (PDF), monthly newsletter, weblog ("MemphisAstro"), and information for ordering inexpensive out-of-print amateur's guides to finding Messier objects. The Society is a public-service organization promoting interest and education in astronomy and holding monthly meetings and offering lectures and demonstrations to local (Memphis, Tennessee) members.
The NASA Education Division provides an extensive selection of online educational resources for younger students. The Featured Materials, Featured Sites, and "Have You Seen?" pages include lesson plans, activities, educators' guides, videos, and other resources that use NASA research or mission materials, as well as news articles, interactives, posters, and other items. There are also announcements of educational and professional development opportunities for students and educators, and links to other NASA educational projects.
This site provides information and resources on the NASA Mars Exploration Program, a science-driven program that seeks to understand whether Mars was, is, or can be a habitable world, as suggested by the presence or absence of liquid water. Site materials include overviews of current and past Mars missions and spacecraft, facts and a virtual tour of the planet using the NASA Mars Atlas, and a brief discussion of the perception of Mars in popular culture. For students, there are interactive features, games, and activities. For educators, there are professional development materials, classroom resources (activities and lessons), and information on four major education programs connected with Mars exploration. Other materials include news articles, multimedia presentations, recent images, and updates from current missions.
The National Space Society (NSS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. The NSS web site features information about the organization, its mission and vision, membership information, and a listing of NSS local chapters. The library features links to videos, books, and other publications on space settlements and bases, space policy, and technology. There is also information on the organization's magazine, "Ad Astra," including instructions for authors, publishing and advertising guidelines, and some archived content. Other materials include news articles, event announcements, and information on current space missions.
The Rainwater Observatory, located in French Camp, Mississippi, features astronomy workshops for educators and educational programs for the public. It also hosts an informal astronomical association and an annual amateur astronomers' conference. The educator workshops focus on activities to teach astronomy using robotic telescopes available through the Las Cumbres Global Telescope Network (including the Sangre Telescope at Rainwater Observatory), and on learning hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom to teach concepts of astronomy. The Observatory's web site includes an ask-an-astronomer feature, a virtual tour, information on the Sangre Astronomical Research Telescope (their newest research telescope), and an e-newsletter with information about upcoming programs and events and current headlines in space science.
SEGway is a science education and public outreach (E/PO) organization of educator-scientists working to present the latest astronomy and space science research to students, teachers, and the general public. For educators, the SEGway web site features lesson plans and activities from SEGway and NASA; and links to educational standards from the National Science Educational Standards, Benchmarks for Science Literacy, and Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. For the general public, there are interactive features, videos, satellite imagery, information on NASA missions, and other resources on astronomy and space science topics. For scientists, there is information on SEGway's services as provider of E/PO programs for space missions.
This site offers the "sounds of space" processed from signals received by University of Iowa instruments on various spacecraft. The collection includes sounds from Saturn collected by the Cassini probe, sounds from the edge of the solar system collected by the Voyager probe, as well as radio bursts from solar flares and sounds created by Earth's magnetosphere. There are also descriptions of several types of sounds (whistlers, choruses, and auroral radio emissions) and sample sounds produced by processed data received from specific spacecraft (Galileo, Polar, Cassini, Cluster, and others).
This site features historic recordings from the U.S. space program, including President John F. Kennedy's famous "Moon" speech and streaming audio of NASA ground and spacecraft communications from the Mercury, Apollo, Gemini, and Space Shuttle missions. There are celestial sounds recorded by spacecraft such as the Solar and Helliospheric Observatory (the Sun), Galileo (Jupiter), Voyager 2 (rings of Saturn), and the sounds of cosmic background radiation and other emissions received by radiotelescopes. Other materials include a gallery of conceptual art of alien landscapes by artist David Palermo, recorded commentary by Dr. Dan Werthimer of the SETI@Home project, and a downloadable computer desktop navigator and wallpaper.
On March 29, 2006, a team from the Exploratorium filmed and broadcast live the total eclipse of the Sun as seen from Side, Turkey. The web site created around this event includes streaming video of the eclipse, a slide show from first contact through totality and fourth contact, and an image gallery with photos of the eclipse and the chosen site in Turkey, a Roman-era amphitheater. There is also information about how the location was chosen, a map showing the path of totality, how the eclipse was filmed and broadcast live by satellite, and the mechanics of a solar eclipse.