Search for Life in the Universe
Freshman Seminar 113, Butler College, Fall 2004
Interesting links of relevance to this course
Please let me know if
there are other relevant links I should put here.
General Astronomy References:
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 Archive; loaded with beautiful pictures.
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
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:
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
and the search for life.
Planet Finder (TPF), a proposed NASA mission.
Princeton's involvement in
The Kepler Mission to
find planets around other stars by their shadow effect
The Virtual Planetary
Skyview; a virtual telescope
The Search for Extraterrestrial Life:
for Extra-Solar Planets, from Geoff Marcy's group at Berkeley.
The extrasolar planet encyclopedia
The home page of The Planetary Society.
Page of links
compiled by the Planetary Society; there is a lot here.
Astrobiology: The Living
Universe, a fantastic website put together by high-school students (!),
with about 400 pages of useful information.
image of the Earth at night. See also here for information on
the problem of light pollution.
This includes quite a bit of useful information, and links to
the entire SETI research community.
Headquarters for the Mars
Society, a bunch of Mars enthusiasts.
The Search for
Extraterrestrial Intelligence at Home, an effort to use
screensavers to help process data taken for the SETI program.
A discussion of the Snowball Earth hypothesis.
Out in left field:
Is the Earth being bombarded by small comets?
The Panspermia home page.
Sky is falling! Links to sites discussing cosmic
catastrophes of various sorts.
movie, home page.
UFO believers' sites
James Randi, professional
Inquirer, a journal devoted to debunking.
Phil Plait's discussion of bad astronomy in the media and in general.
Web sites of useful journals:
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.
This file was constructed by Michael Strauss;
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