A Few Astronomy-related Websites of Interest
 
Foothill Campus Sites
 
  1. Foothill Astronomy Instructor Andrew Fraknoi has a Facebook page for astronomy news called "Andrew Fraknoi (The AstroProf)": http://www.Facebook.com/Fraknoi
  2. Podcasts of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures can be found at: http://www.astrosociety.org/education/podcast/index.html
  3. Andrew Fraknoi's list of science fiction stories with good astronomy can be seen at: http://www.astrosociety.org/education/resources/scifi.html

Bay Area Sites
  1. The Astronomical Society of the Pacific, with headquarters in San Francisco, has many programs of interest to those with an interest in astronomy. Learn more at: http://www.astrosociety.org
  2. The SETI Institute is a scientific and educational organization devoted to the search for life in the universe: http://www.seti.org
  3. NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View (which offers internships for Foothill students) has many programs for teachers and the public: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/index.html
  4. The DeAnza College Planetarium (star theater): http://www.planetarium.deanza.edu/
  5. The Astronomical Association of Northern California has a nice list of local astronomy institutions and clubs: http://sites.google.com/site/aancsite/calendar/resourceguide
  6. For science events in the Bay Area, see: http://www.bayareascience.org

A Few Sites for Really Beautiful Astronomy Images
  1. Astronomy Picture of the Day: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/lib/aptree.html (Two space scientists scour the internet and select one "sexy" astronomy image to feature each day.)
  2. Hubble Space Telescope Images: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/browse/images/ (You can select among hundreds of Hubble pictures by subject or by date.)
  3. National Optical Astronomy Observatories Image Gallery: http://www.noao.edu/image_gallery/ (This growing archive shows images taken with the many telescopes that are part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatories.)
  4. Planetary Photojournal: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/index.html (This site features thousands of images from planetary exploration, with captions of varied length.)

A Few General Astronomy Sites
  1. "Seeing in the Dark" (A PBS television program about the joys of amateur astronomy, with good introductory resources for new hobbyists): http://www.pbs.org/seeinginthedark/
  2. "Science @ NASA" (Dr. Tony Phillips explains new NASA discoveries in everyday language): http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/
  3. Sky & Telescope Magazine: http://skyandtelescope.com (a magazine for astronomy hobbyists, with many good articles and primers at their site)
  4. "Windows to the Universe": http://www.windows2universe.org/ (a rich site for younger readers and beginners, full of space and earth science information)
  5. The Planetary Society: http://www.planetary.org (this national organization supporting the exploration of the planets has a colorful site with good background information about the solar system)

Sites for Asking Astronomy Questions
  1. Ask an Astronomer at Lick Observatory: http://www.ucolick.org/~mountain/AAA/
  2. Ask an Astronomer for Kids: http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/cosmic_kids/AskKids/index.shtml
  3. Ask the Experts at PhysLink: http://www.physlink.com/Education/AskExperts/index.cfm
  4. Curious about Astronomy: http://curious.astro.cornell.edu
  5. Ask a High-Energy Astronomer: http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/ask_an_astronomer.html
  6. Ask an Astrobiologist: http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/ask-an-astrobiologist/
  7. Ask Mr. Sunspot: http://eo.nso.edu/MrSunspot/

Sites for Those Worried about Doomsday, UFO's, and Astronomical Conspiracies
  1. Andrew Fraknoi's Resources for Debunking Astronomical Pseudoscience: http://www.astrosociety.org/education/resources/pseudobib.html
  2. Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (a national group of skeptics with wonderfully rational information): http://www.csicop.org/
  3. The Skeptic's Dictionary: http://skepdic.com/
  4. Why You Don't Need to Worry about 2012: http://www.astrosociety.org/2012
  5. Andrew Fraknoi's "An Astronomer Looks at Astrology": http://www.astrosociety.org/astrology.pdf
Astronomy Links
 
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