Search for Life in the Universe
Freshman Seminar 131, Mathey College
Interesting links of relevance to this course
Please let me know if
there are other relevant links I should put here.
General Astronomy References:
Astronomy HyperText Book , which includes links to course
notes of some relevance to our course.
page of Astro 203, the Introductory Astrophysics course I taught in
Spring 1996. This includes detailed class notes.
The Galaxy Gallery:
Messier Objects A source of beautiful astronomical
Library. You can find pictures of essentially any
astronomical source here.
Picture of the Day Archive; loaded with beautiful pictures.
Home page of the Space
Telescope Science Institute. Look here for all kinds of nifty
things related to the Hubble Space Telescope.
Pages with lots of links to the astronomical world; good places
to start searching for specific information:
The World-Wide Web Virtual Library:
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Page of links
compiled by the Planetary Society; there is a lot here.
Comprehensive list of astronomy links sorted by category.
in Cyberspace Lots
of stuff about Mars, extrasolar planets, all kinds of goodies.
Windows to the
Universe, developed by the University of Michigan, with
information about Earth and Space Sciences; seems a bit elementary.
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.
System Home Page.
NASA's Solar System
photo album,, full of great pictures.
The Comets Home page
to all things Martian.
Pathfinder Home Page
The Mars Global
Surveyor Home Page
Voyager's tour of the outer solar system.
Galileo's mission to
Julien's home page on Europa.
and the search for life.
Robert Zubrin's Headquarters
for the Direct Manned Mars Mission.
Everything you wanted to know
about Martian Meteorites.
T.C. Onstott's page
about deep subsurface bacteria.
for Extra-Solar Planets, from Geoff Marcy's group at San Francisco
Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia.
The Search for Extraterrestrial Life:
This includes quite a bit of useful information, and links to
the entire SETI research community.
The Planetary Society,
source for general information about space exploration,
including much of relevance for this course.
Headquarters for the Mars
Society, a bunch of Mars enthusiasts.
Life in the Universe Home page; spotty, but with some good
movie, home page.
The Panspermia home page.
The Search for
Extraterrestrial Intelligence at Home, an effort to use
screensavers to help process data taken for the SETI program.
for a similar course taught at U. Texas by Ethan Vishniac.
Biology, Geology, etc.
is an excellent place to start when starting a search for a
topic you know little about. This is what I've done to find
Yahoo's Biology links.
Paleontology resources on the Web.
geology links than you know what to do with.
links from Yahoo; a good place to start for studies of the
Earth's atmosphere and climate.
page with lots of links.
a la Louis Frank.
Out in left field:
Sky is falling! Links to sites discussing cosmic
catastrophes of various sorts.
UFO believers' sites
James Randi, professional
Inquirer, a journal devoted to debunking.
Web sites of useful journals:
Telescope. An excellent source of astronomical news, and
articles on subjects relevant to the course.
another astronomical journal orented towards amateurs.
American. Also full of relevant articles.
Ingram has put together a list of recent Scientific
American articles of use to astronomers. Useful for term papers!
News. Their articles are short, and very up-to-date.
This file was constructed by Michael Strauss;
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