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Astronomy Resources
Welcome to the Astronomy Resources Page. 
The vastness of the expanding universe along with its beauty and hidden mysteries, has intrigued man's imagination for centuries. The new discoveries of the heavens, helped by the ever increasing advancements of modern technology has opened the door to new theories while providing a much clearer idea or explanation of the universe we are part of and that which surrounds us. With that in mind, I had to simplify this Resource Page in order to cover this huge field of science known as Astronomy. I have divided this page into 2 main sections.

                                         
 
The resources and information on the internet is also vast and expanding just like our universe and the subject of Astronomy is no exception. To help you with this overwhelming amount of information, I simplified this Astronomy Resource Page further by taking each section and breaking them down into general categories. *** The Big Bang Theory *** (not listed below) is better explained in a video on my Astronomy Videos Page which you can view by clicking HERE
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The Solar System
Sun
Origin of the Solar System
Wikipedia
An excellent page of info & data that explains the solar systems origin.  
Science Clarified
Nice simple page explains formation of solar system, asteroids & comets.
Astronomy Notes
A fantastic page with incredible pictures and data about our Sun.
UCSD-CASS
Incredible! Beautiful page with all info & pictures related to the Sun!
Mercury
Wikepedia
You will see this site alot! Great images & data about Mercury. 
Aerospace.net
A nice simple page with great info about the planet Mercury. 
Venus
Earth
Moon
Wikipedia
An excellent page of info, data and pictures related to the planet Venus. 
The Solar Space Station
A nice short page with pictures and statistics about the planet Venus.
Wikipedia
Everything you need to know about the planet Earth.
nineplanets
A nice simple page with neat interesting stats of planet Earth.
Wikipedia
Nice page with pics & stats of Moon
includes solar & lunar eclipses!  
NASA
A great page by NASA explaining all about our Moons origin & features!
Click link below for full size image.
Wikipedia
Information, pictures, including missions to planet Mars. 
Mars
nineplanets
 Nice page about the planet Mars + many links to Mars related info.
Asteroid Belt
Wikipedia
An excellent page with a ton of info and great pics of known asteroids!
SolStation.com
Short info page with some pics and diagrams about the asteroid belt. 
Jupiter
Saturn
Wikipedia
A well done page with info on the planet Jupiter including beautuful pictures and interesting stats. 
Wikipedia
An informative page full of facts about the planet Saturn with other links to more Saturn related info. 
NASA
A nice page by NASA with info and pictures including history of space missions to the planet Jupiter. 
Views of the Solar System
A nice informative facts page of the planet Saturn with pics and info of the moons of Saturn. 
Uranus
Wikipedia
Excellent page full of facts, data and pictures about the planet Uranus! 
nineplanets
A nice page listing facts, data the moons & missions to Uranus. 
Neptune
Wikipedia
A very well done page with tons of info about the planet Neptune!
NASA
A short page by NASA with facts and data about the planet Neptune. 
ly = Light-year: It is the distance that light travels in a vacuum
in one Julian year or approx. 365.25 days = about 6 trillion miles. 
A.U. = Astronomical Unit: It is the average distance between
Earth and the Sun.
pc = Parsec: A unit of length, equal to just under 31 trillion kilometers or roughly 19 trillion miles, or about 3.26 light-years. 
kpc = Kilo-parsec: A measure of distances between parts of a galaxy, or within groups of galaxies. 1 kpc = 1000 pc. 
Mpc = Mega-parsecs: Used to measure the distances between neighboring galaxies and galaxy clusters.
Solar Radii: Used to measure the radius of stars and planets compared to the sun's radius. Our suns radius is 696,265 km.
km = Kilometer: 1 kilometer = 0.621371192 miles.

Helpful Tid Bits
Below are the most commom Units of length/distance used in Astronomy and Cosmology. 
Wikipedia
NASA
Below are 2 pages to help you understand the Units above.
Units of length/distance
Units of length/distance 
Dwarf planets/Pluto
Wikipedia
A page about Pluto, its moons and the demise to being a dwarf planet.
IAU
Excellent page! Explains criteria now in place for dwarf planets by FAQ's. 
Kuiper belt
Oort cloud
Wikipedia
Beautiful page full of diagrams and info about the Kuiper belt. 
Window to the Universe
A nice short informative page about the Kuiper belt. 
Wikipedia
As usual another beautiful well done page all about the Oort cloud!
Wingmakers.co.nz
Absolutely amazing page full of info and diagrams about the Oort cloud!  
Comets
Meteors/Showers
Space Missions/Exploration
Wikipedia
Everything you can imagine about comets with spectacular photos!
Purdue.edu
A super nice page explaining the composition and history of comets. 
NASA
A short informative page about meteors, colors, speed & size.
Wikipedia
A
page about meteor showers with a nice list of annual events. 
NASA
A must page that you can find any mission NASA has sent spacecrafts!
Views of the Solar System
Awesome page where you can check on any mission from all countries!!
Beyond The Solar System
JAT Observatory
All Sky & Meteor Cam
A live cam to view meteors!!
Life cycle of a Star
Wikipedia
Excellent page of illustrations from Protostar birth to death of a star!
Types of Galaxies
Wikipedia
A nice page explaining different types and classifications of galaxies!
Video of a stars life and death.
Video of different galaxy types.
Radio Astronomy
Astronomy Today
Great page covering the history and info about radio astronomy.
101science.com
An incredible page covering the basics of radio astronomy with many links to help you learn.
Quasars
Milky Way Galaxy
Black Holes
Globular Clusters
Open Clusters
Dwarf Galaxies
Brown Dwarfs
White Dwarfs
Red Giants
Red Dwarfs
Main Sequence Stars
Pulsars
Magnetars
Gamma-ray bursts
Nebula
Nova & Supernova
Hypernovae
Neutron Stars
Dark Matter
Binary Stars
UCSD-CASS
A simple page of photos, diagrams and info of our Milky Way galaxy! 
An Atlas of The Universe
A simple page with info and drawings that explain the Milky Way Galaxy!
Wikipedia
A short explaination with info and a list of existing known Dwarf galaxies.
The Internet Encyclopedia
of Science
A short page on Dwarf Galaxies.
ATNF
A page with illustrations & info about Main Sequence Stars like our Sun! 
spot.pcc.edu
A simple page of great info and illustrations on Main Sequence Stars.
Wikipedia
Beautiful page on history, info &  pictures of significant pulsars.
ATNF
Simple but excellent well done page covering everything on pulsars. 
Dept. Physics & Astronomy
University of Tennessee
Excellent simple page on Quasars.  
Wikipedia
More info with pictures, references and other links about quasars!
Sounds of Pulsars

 
Pulsar B0329+54
This is a typical normal pulsar rotating with a period of 0.714519 seconds or close to 1.40 rotations/sec.

Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
Below are 3 sound files.
 
These are about 5 seconds long to limit the download time for you. Though sound cannot be heard in the vacuum of outer space, sound can be produced since Pulsars pulse in the radio frequency spectrum. By connecting the amplified signal from a radio telescope to a radio speaker, the sound of a Pulsar can then be heard!
Pulsar B0531+21
 This is the youngest known pulsar and lies at the center of the Crab Nebula. This pulsar rotates about 30 times a second.
Pulsar B1937+21
The second fastest known pulsar, rotating with a period of 0.00156 seconds or 642 times a second!!
The Internet Encyclopedia of
Science
A simple page about Brown Dwarfs.  
ThinkQuest
Another short simple page explaining  Brown Dwarf stars.
SolStation.com
Excellent page of info & illustrations and a list of nearby Red Dwarf stars!
New World Encyclopedia
A simple to the point page explaining what we know of Red Dwarf stars!
Wikipedia
An amazing page filled with tons of detailed info on White Dwarf stars!! 
Goddard Space Flight Center
An easy to understand page on how a star developes into a White Dwarf! 
Wikipedia
An outstanding page of info, pics, and illustratons on Gobular Clusters!
 Louisville Astronomical Society
A great page filled with facts and theories about Globular Clusters! 
The University of Sheffield
A short but right to the point page of facts and info about Red Giant stars!! 
OPT
A nice short page with easy to understand info on Red Giant stars.
The Internet Encylopedia of Science
A short page on what a Nova is.  
Steward Observatory Univ. of Arizona
5 star page on Nova & Supernova!
SEDS
A page of info & links to understand more about Open Cluster stars.
Wikipedia
This amazing site has everything!! The info on Open Clusters is 5 stars! 
Univ. of Maryland Astro Page
Excellent page of illustrations and info that explain Neutron Stars!
SAO
A short and easy to understand page explaining Neutron Stars.  
Goddard Space Flight Center
A simple page explaining the existance of Hypernova stars!
Wikipedia
A short page of info on how Hypernova stars are classified. 
ATNF
An excellent page describing the many different Binary Star types!! 
Univ. of Oregon
Phenomenal page of illustrations on the science behind Binary Stars.
Wikipedia
A page that trys to unravel the perplexing mysteries of Magnetars! 
NASA
A short page with a simple explaination about Magnetars.

HubbleSite
A beautiful page of many Nebulae pics taken by the Hubble Telescope! 
Sea and Sky
Excellent page that explains what a Nebula is and the different types.
University of California, Berkeley
A short page explaining in simple terms what Gamma-Ray bursts are.
Wikipedia
Everything you need to know about Gamma-Ray bursts is here.
Because of the complexity of Black Holes and Dark Matter, I have chosen to show a video on each of these mystery objects. I feel the videos do a better job explaining through animation rather then text, the science and make-up behind these perplexing yet fascinating  entities of the heavenly cosmos. 
Videos
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Planets of the Solar System
An excellent site with great data facts and information that cover each planet in our Solar System.   
The Solar System
Beyond The Solar System