Astronomy Resources: Star Maps, Sky Views, Telescopes
What an amazing site to behold. Three planets forming a triangle. I couldn’t help myself in snapping this photo on Dec. 1,2008!
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November 12, 2021
Whether you're a beginner sky watcher or a serious astronomer, here are astronomy resources that will help you watch the heavens.
Did you know: This almanac is defined as a “calendar of the heavens.” The founder of The Old Farmer's Almanac, Robert B. Thomas, was inspired by “unvanquished space,” reading Ferguson's Astronomy at age 16. He later wrote that “it was from the pleasing study of this work, I first imbibed the idea of calculating an almanack.” Thomas continued to study astronomy in his spare time while building a store and a bindery for The Old Farmer's Almanac near his farm in Massachusetts.
You may also enjoy exploring these constellation maps which show the locations of the constellations on six charts (with two of the polar regions and four centered on the celestial equator).
Free Educational Astronomy Resource
Here's a really neat (and free) education resource: At Wolfram|Alpha, you can instantly generate star charts for your location, compute eclipse dates, get information about meteor showers and other astronomical events, find a satellite, and more! See the Wolfram|Alpha astronomy tools.