Astronomy Picture of the Day
(APOD) Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is
featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional
astronomer. Install the Picture of the Day automatic backgrounder
program, and have your computer's wallpaper automatically updated daily
as the PoD! (En francais a Ciel des Hommes.)
Portal to the Universe
The web's best one-stop shopping for the latest news in astronomy and
space-related features. Plus blogs, video podcasts, audio podcasts,
images, and videos from international sources.
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) The national organization of amateur astronomers in Canada with
local branches in every province. Membership includes the
essential Observer's Handbook. Beginners are always welcome! There is an active group in St. John's with monthly meetings. (Maybe interested amateurs would like to start a group in Corner Brook?)
Sky & Telescope Magazine
Probably the best amateur paper magazine, but an extensive online site, as
well - from beginners to advanced observers. Lots of resources and
advice for those just getting started. News releases (updated weekly),
observing charts and tips, and reviews of binoculars, telescopes, and
Fun and Free Space Apps
NASA app (available for Android and iPad) -
provides access to a huge amount of information about NASA, its many
missions and the cosmos, delivered via feature stories, photos, videos,
live webcasts and more
SkyPortal app (available for Android and iPad)
-shows you how to spot planets in the night sky from wherever you
happen to be. Also contains an incredible amount of astronomical
information about individual stars, galaxies, planets, and stellar
evolution. Large for a smartphone app, but great for a tablet!
APOD app (available for Android and iPad) - latest images from NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day with an option to set as wallpaper
app and also for home computer (PC, Mac, and Unix
) - an excellent free planetarium program that can simulate the sky at any location for any date.
Resources for Teachers
Amazing Space uses the Hubble Space Telescope's discoveries
to inspire and educate about the wonders of our universe. A starting
point for online discoveries, images, homework help and teaching tools.
Classroom Launch Pad
from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Activties
for students from elementary through high school; an exciting,
interactive and educational window into space.
Virtual Program in Astronomy from the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Creative ways to teach astronomy and space science, with a Canadian connection. Contains downloadable activity ideas and lesson guide for Grades 2 to 12.
Skyways Astronomy Handbook for Teachers Skyways
is ideal for teachers, youth group leaders, and anyone interested in
hands-on astronomy education. Written by a Canadian with Canadian
teachers and astronomy educators in mind. Instructions for hands-on
activities on a wide range of topics including: Seasons, Stars, and the
Solar System. Available in English or francais through the RASC.
The Space Place from
NASA presents material on the Solar System, the Universe, and other
space stuff. Produced by a collaboration of professional scientists and
educators. Great site with interesting craft projects! The
best of the very few websites for younger students (aged 4 - 14 yrs).
Imagine the Universe
from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre. Intended for students age 14
and up, and for anyone interested in learning about our
universe. In a addition to in-depth articles, it contains scientist
interviews, career advice, and "Ask an Astrophysicst". Enjoy your