- The Cosmic Perspective, the
web site for the Bennett et al. textbook.
- One Universe, a
website with the full text of an excellent intro astronomy text, plus exercises and
other supplementary material.
Physical and astronomical constants
Astronomy HyperText Book , which includes links to course
notes of some relevance to our course.
Picture of the Day and its archive;
loaded with beautiful pictures.
- Astronomical Image
Library. You can find pictures of essentially any
astronomical source here.
- Also don't forget Google's image
Comprehensive list of astronomy links sorted by category.
- Home page of the Space
Telescope Science Institute. Look here for all kinds of nifty
things related to the Hubble Space Telescope.
- Hubble's official online science web
- Introduction to
Cosmology, part of the Microwave Anisotropy Probe Education and Outreach
program, developed largely here at Princeton.
New Wright's Cosmology Tutorial. An excellent beginner's resource.
- The Encyclopedia of Astronomy and
Gene Smith's astronomy tutorial. Quite a bit of depth here.
John Baez's Physics FAQ (for the more ambitious).
NASA and related sites (mostly emphasis on planetary astronomy):
- NASA's home page
Planets Home page. A great place to start for armchair
exploration of the solar system! Does not have much in the way
of links to external resources.
The Nine Planets: A multimedia tour of the solar system.
- NASA's Solar System
photo album,, full of great pictures.
- Map-A-Planet, from the
US Geological Survey.
in Cyberspace Lots
of stuff about Mars, extrasolar planets, all kinds of goodies.
- The Mars Global
Surveyor Home Page
- The Mars Odyssey
- The Mars Spirit and Opportunity Home
- Galileo's mission to
- Martian Meteorites
and the search for life.
Planet Finder (TPF), a proposed NASA mission.
- Princeton's involvement in
- NASA's Astrobiology
- The Kepler Mission to
find planets around other stars by their shadow effect
- The Virtual Planetary
- Skyview; a virtual telescope
for Extra-Solar Planets, from Geoff Marcy's group at Berkeley.
- The extrasolar planet encyclopedia
- The home page of The Planetary Society.
- Astrobiology: The Living
Universe, a fantastic website put together by high-school students (!),
with about 400 pages of useful information.
- An astonishing
image of the Earth at night. See also here for information on
the problem of light pollution.
Out in left field/for fun:
- James Randi, professional
- The Skeptical
Inquirer, a journal devoted to debunking.
Phil Plait's discussion of bad astronomy in the media and in general.
- Space songs
Python on our place in the Universe.
- DOOFAAS (Dumb Or Overly Forced Astronomical Acronyms Site)
Matter Rap, by David Weinberg (Princeton PhD, 1989).
Web sites of useful journals:
- Sky and
Telescope. An excellent source of astronomical news, and
articles on subjects relevant to the course.
American. Also full of relevant articles.
News. Their articles are short, and very up-to-date.
Please let me know if
there are other relevant links I should put here.