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         Astronomers:     more books (100)
  1. The Backyard Astronomer's Guide by Terence Dickinson, Alan Dyer, 2008-09-12
  2. The Practical Astronomer by DK Publishing, 2010-05-17
  3. God and the Astronomers Second Edition by Robert Jastrow, 2000-07
  4. Practical Statistics for Astronomers (Cambridge Observing Handbooks for Research Astronomers) by J. V. Wall, C. R. Jenkins, 2003-11-17
  5. Star Ware: The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to Choosing, Buying, and Using Telescopes and Accessories by Philip S. Harrington, 2007-04-20
  6. When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer (Golden Kite Honors) by Walt Whitman, 2004-10-26
  7. The Practical Astronomer's Deep-sky Companion by Jess K. Gilmour, 2002-12-05
  8. Amateur Astronomer's Handbook by J. B. Sidgwick, 1981-01-01
  9. The Astronomer: A Novel of Suspense by Lawrence Goldstone, 2010-05-11
  10. The Virtue of Heresy: Confessions of a Dissident Astronomer, Second Edition, Revised and Updated by Hilton Ratcliffe, 2008-07-18
  11. The Prophet and the Astronomer: Apocalyptic Science and the End of the World by Marcelo Gleiser, 2003-07-21
  12. Light Hearted Astronomer by Ken Fulton, 1984-06
  13. The Amateur Astronomer's Handbook by James Muirden, 1987-09
  14. Star-Hopping for Backyard Astronomers by Alan M. MacRobert, 1994-03

1. StarChild: A Learning Center For Young Astronomers
Information and online movies related to the solar system and space exploration. A service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center
Welcome to StarChild
A Learning Center for Young Astronomers
Show me a printable version of this page.
Return to the StarChild Main Page

Go to Imagine the Universe!
(A site for ages 14 and up.)
The StarChild site is a service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC) Dr. Nicholas E. White (Director) , within the Exploration of the Universe Division (EUD) at NASA/ GSFC StarChild Authors: The StarChild Team

StarChild Project Leader: Dr. Laura A. Whitlock
Responsible NASA Official: Phil Newman
If you have comments or questions about the StarChild site, please send them to NASA's Privacy Statement NASA's Security Statement

2. Famous Physicists And Astronomers
Several pages containing brief biography and accomplishments.
Famous Physicists and Astronomers
The information on this web page was taken from various sources. We do not have copyrigt on it. If you have any questions, please send e-mail to D.Paar at

3. Famous Astronomers
Features profiles of various astronomers of fame, from Galileo to Ptolemy.
Famous Astronomers
We have included some profiles of famous astronomers in this library of astronomical information. Perhaps your name will be listed among these well-known people one day... To see the profile for a specific astronomer, please click on its respective graphical link below. To return to the main information page, click here
Click here to go back. Created by ThinkQuest Team 23830 Last Updated August 28, 1998. All images, unless otherwise credited, are credit of M. Mathis, 1998.

4. Gary & Jake - Sidewalk Astronomy For The People Of Mill Valley
FAQ, observation logs, objects, glossary, and links.
Bringing Astronomy to The People Since 2001
Gary and Jake plan to be out on Friday, October 4th.

Observation Logs

New Server

Monday, Jun 11th, 2001 - Jake has put together a new server for the website (he might have less computer junk than Gary, but his junk is cooler). We hope that this will make your experience here even better with faster response time and quicker downloads. Give it a try!
We're Famous!
Sunday, Jun 10th, 2001 - Mill Valley 94941 . Skip on over there and check it out, then come visit us on the sidewalk to see what it's all about!
Network Outage and Site Upgrade
Friday, May 25th, 2001 - A DSL network outage has kept the site down for most of the day. Of all the days for this to happen, Friday is the worst! Gary made the best of the situation by redesigning portions of the site and upgrading some hardware on the server. A new video card and tiny monitor will let him monitor the site more easily. We hope to continue improving the site whenever we can! Gary and Jake Website Launches! Friday, May 18th, 2001 - Gary and Jake proudly announce the launch of their new website, dedicated to Mill Valley sidewalk astronomy. We welcome the public to join us in observing the skies from downtown MV!

5. BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Astronomers Discover 'new Planet'
A new space telescope has detected what could be the Solar System s 10th planet, named Sedna.


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... Newswatch Last Updated: Monday, 15 March, 2004, 18:24 GMT E-mail this to a friend Printable version Astronomers discover 'new planet' Sedna is currently about 13 billion km from Earth Astronomers have detected what could be the Solar System's 10th planet.
It was first seen by astronomers using California's Palomar Observatory, and has been given the name "Sedna" after the Inuit goddess of the ocean. Observations show it measures about 1,180-2,360km (730-1,470 miles) across, making it similar in size to Pluto. Astronomers now say they have evidence that Sedna has its own moon, although this needs to be confirmed, and is also very red in colour. There is likely to be some debate about whether it qualifies as a true planet, but some scientists are already saying it re-defines our Solar System. Further than Pluto Sedna, or 2003 VB12, as it was originally designated, is the most distant object yet found orbiting our Sun. It is three times further away than Pluto (average distance to the Sun is 5.9 billion km or 3.6 billion miles). It was discovered using the Mt Palomar facility in November by astronomers from the California Institute of Technology, Yale Observatory and the Gemini Observatory.

6. Famous Astronomers: Galileo Galilei
Short biography written by students.
Image: Galileo Galilei Image Credit: Encarta Encyclopedia Back to Famous Astronomers Page Created by ThinkQuest Team 23830 Last Updated August 28, 1998. All images, unless otherwise credited, are credit of M. Mathis, 1998.

7. Fraser Valley Astronomers Society
A Dedicated and Active Astronomy Club, which prides itself on Education, Telescope Making, Mirror Making, and preserving the Night Sky.
Navigation Home
What's New?

FVAS Calendar

About FVAS

FVAS Gallery
Contact Us

Making Vic's Mirror Making
Vic's Telescope Making

Vic's Knife Edge Tester
Vic's Mirror Testing ... ATM Resource Listing Weather Abbotsford Weather Satellite View Northwest Clear Sky Clocks BC Weather Centre ... Cloud Forecast for BC Telescope Stores Before You Buy Telescope Reviews Astro Mechanics BC Telescopes ... Vancouver Telescope Discussion Groups The Radiant ACATW Light Pollution Citizens for Responsible Lighting Selene NY Dark Sky Lighting Light Pollution - Big Picture ... LP Map Northwest Welcome! Take your time visiting the site. You will find all kinds of interesting pages here! Everything from Mirror making, to Telescope making, News events updated daily, links and Educational sites for Students and Teachers. Interested in talking with others about Astronomy? Why not try our Discussion Board Do you wish to visit with us? Check out our calendar for observing nights, weather permitting of course. And drop in to say hello and have some views of the Night Sky if you are in the area. Latest Gallery Image M-22 with Canon 20da Astronomy Picture of the Day...

8. Frequently Asked Questions About Being An Astronomer
10. Are there lots of jobs for astronomers? No.

9. American Astronomical Society Website
Established 1899, AAS is the major professional organization in North America for astronomers, other scientists and individuals interested in

10. Famous Astronomers And Astrophysicists
Famous astronomers and Astrophysicists Alphabetical. Classical Period. Nicolaus Copernicus, 14731543 Polish, developed a simple heliocentric model of the
Famous Astronomers
and Astrophysicists

Classical Period Nicolaus Copernicus
Polish developed a simple heliocentric model of the solar system that explained planetary retrograde motion and overturned Greek astronomy Tycho Brahe
Danish observed a supernova now known as ``Tycho's supernova''; made the most precise observations of stellar and planetary positions then known Galileo Galilei
Italian performed fundamental observations, experiments, and mathematical analyses in astronomy and physics; discovered mountains and craters on the moon, the phases of Venus, and the four largest satellites of Jupiter: Io, Europa, Callisto, and Ganymede Johannes Kepler
German established the most exact astronomical tables then known; established the three laws of planetary motion John Babtist Riccioli
Italian made telescopic lunar studies and published detailed lunar maps in which he introduced much nomenclature for lunar objects; discovered the first double star (Mizar) Giovanni Cassini
Italian-born French measured rotational periods of Jupiter and Mars; discovered four satellites of Saturn and the gap in Saturn's rings now known as ``Cassini's division'' Christiaan Huygens
Dutch discovered Saturn's first satellite, Titan, and the true shape of Saturn's rings

11. Amateur Astronomer's Anonymous
Contains observation reports, photos, and allows submissions of reports, photos, websites, and tips.
Welcome to Amateur Astronomer's Anonymous
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12. Astronomy Picture Of The Day
Many astronomers speculate that numerous other icy objects larger than Pluto likely exist in the Kuiper Belt of the far distant Solar System.

13. Physicists And Astronomers
astronomers use the principles of physics and mathematics to learn about the Nearly onethird of physicists and astronomers worked for scientific
Skip Navigation Links Latest Numbers U.S. Department of Labor
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Physicists and Astronomers
Nature of the Work Working Conditions Employment Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement ... Sources of Additional Information
Significant Points
  • Scientific research and development services firms and the Federal Government employ 3 out of 5 physicists and astronomers.
  • Most jobs are in basic research and development, usually requiring a doctoral degree; master¬ís degree holders qualify for many jobs in applied research and development, while bachelor¬ís degree holders may qualify as technicians or research assistants.
  • Ph.D. graduates will face competition for basic research jobs.
Nature of the Work About this section Back to Top Physicists explore and identify basic principles governing the structure and behavior of matter, the generation and transfer of energy, and the interaction of matter and energy. Some physicists use these principles in theoretical areas, such as the nature of time and the origin of the universe; others apply their physics knowledge to practical areas, such as the development of advanced materials, electronic and optical devices, and medical equipment. Physicists design and perform experiments with lasers, particle accelerators, telescopes, mass spectrometers, and other equipment. Based on observations and analysis, they attempt to discover and explain laws describing the forces of nature, such as gravity, electromagnetism, and nuclear interactions. Physicists also find ways to apply physical laws and theories to problems in nuclear energy, electronics, optics, materials, communications, aerospace technology, and medical instrumentation.

14. Untitled Document
Atlas of the heavens as seen by the astronomers of the time of its 1661 printing Copernicus, Ptolemy, Brahe, and Aratus. Entire book has been digitized and the images may be browsed or searched.

15. Famous Astronomer Page
Pictures of astronomers. The following pictures were mostly taken from the collection of Olin Eggen.

16. Astronomers-Zoom Astronomy Glossary
astronomers Astronomy glossary explains basic astronomical terms. is a user-supported site.
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Zoom Astronomy

Astronomy Dictionary A B C D ... Z
Click on an underlined word for more information on that subject.

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An astronomer is someone who studies astronomy. The following night-owls are important astronomers, astrophysicists, mathematicians, and other scientists who have contributed greatly to our knowledge of the universe.
John Couch Adams (1819-1892) was an English astronomer and mathematician who, at 24 years old, predicted the existence of the planet Neptune (Le Verrier also predicted its existence, independently). AIRY, GEORGE Sir George Bidell Airy (1801-1892) was the director of Greenwich Observatory/Astronomer Royal of England from 1835 to 1881. Airy installed a transit (a precise surveying device) at Greenwich, England, which was used to define the zero degree meridian of the Earth (zero-degrees longitude). A crater on Mars about 5 degrees south of the equator and on what is defined as Mars' prime meridian (zero-degrees longitude) is call Airy. A small crater within this crater (which is called Airy-0) is where the meridian line (zero-degrees longitude) crosses. A crater on the moon is also named for him (latitude 18.1 degrees, longitude 354.3 degrees, diameter 36 km). Airy is supposed to have stated incorrectly that Charles Babbage's new "analytical engine" (the predecessor of the computer) was "worthless," effectively ending Babbage's government funding.

17. RCA: Dark Skies
Includes a information about the effects of light pollution and local darksky sites.
Rose City Astronomers Site Index Membership Calendar Newsletter ... Star Links
    Oregon Dark Skies
    Rose City Astronomers are proud members of the International Dark Sky Association.
    Our members are active observers in Oregon and Southern Washington. IDA Newsletters Why are engineers, medical professionals, and amateur astronomers, concerned about the effects of Light Pollution?
    • Some studies show: the effects of not sleeping in total darkness can degrade the immune system of animals and humans.
      Poor lighting and wasted energy is misuse of electricity and money.
      Misdirected light, 'Light Trespass' is a nuisance and architecturally unappealing.
      Studies show that various uses of lighting may actually increase crime, just exactly the opposite of what people try to achieve.
      The light pollution from inferior lighting design on highways creates a hazard to driving known as 'Road Glare.'
      The light polluted night sky is a priceless educational resource lost to poor lighting management.
    RCA has a slide show created by the International Dark Sky Association which is available by request. These slides show different lighting techniques and their effect on the night sky.
    Contact Bob McGown for more information.

18. Becoming An Astronomer
This site is intended for students age 14 and up, and for anyone interested in learning about our universe.

19. BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Astronomers Detect '10th Planet'
Three US astronomers find a 10th planet , the largest object found in our Solar System since 1846.


... Newswatch Last Updated: Saturday, 30 July 2005, 15:30 GMT 16:30 UK E-mail this to a friend Printable version Astronomers detect '10th planet' By Dr David Whitehouse
Science Editor BBC news website
The new planet has a highly inclined orbit Astronomers in the United States have announced the discovery of the "10th planet" to orbit our Sun.
The largest object found in our Solar System since Neptune in 1846, it was first seen in 2003 - but important details have only now been confirmed. Designated 2003 UB313, it is about 3,000km across - a world of rock and ice and somewhat larger than Pluto. Scientists say it is three times as far away as Pluto, in an orbit at an angle to the orbits of the main planets. Astronomers think that at some point in its history, Neptune probably flung the small world into its highly inclined 44-degree orbit. A comparison of 2003 UB313 and other distant objects It is currently 97 Earth-Sun distances away - more than twice Pluto's average distance from the Sun. Bigger than Pluto Its discoverers are Michael Brown of Caltech, Chad Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii, and David Rabinowitz of Yale University.

20. Astronomical_League_Home_Page
is composed of over two hundred local amateur astronomical societies from all across the United States. Find out about our GREAT national

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