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1900 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53211


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Astronomy Links

For Kids
Visually Impaired
En Español (Spanish)


Astronomy News

Heavens Above: Information on what celestial objects can be observed, where and when.
Space weather: News and information about the Sun-Earth environment.
Sky & Telescope: News covering all aspects of astronomy.

Solar System

The Known Universe: A video showing the scale of the known universe.
Eyes on the Solar Systems: An interactive program that let’s you fly through the solar system and locate all the spacecraft and their exact location.
Solar System Explorations: for kids under 10 years old: Have you ever wished to travel through the Solar System? Now you can, at least virtually, in this cool NASA web site.
The Nine Planets: Despite the title of the program, a very complete and entertaining web site about the planets of our solar system.

Tips For Buying a Telescope or Binoculars

Sky and Telescope: This web site is filled with tips for stargazing equipment. Make sure to check out the whole site.
Tips for Buying Binoculars: A website explaining what makes a good pair of binoculars.
Skymaps: Once you have some equipment, what do you look for? This site has great sky maps to get you started. Planning a trip? This site shows sky maps for other locations as well.
Telescopes: This website has everything you'll need for your telescope.
Celestron: A website that sells Celestron brand telescopes, binoculars and spotting scopes.
Meade: A website that sells Meade brand telescopes, sports optics and weather stations.

Stars and Constellations

The Constellations and their Stars: All about the constellations, from interactive sky charts to pictures and frequently asked questions.

General Astronomy Topics

Bad Astronomy: A funny and educative site that uses astronomy misconceptions shown in movies, books or the media to teach astronomy.
Women Astronomers: Information on past and current women astronomers.
NASA Science for Citizen Scientists: Did you thought that only scientists can do research? This NASA web site shows you that you can too!
Swineburne Astronomy Productions: Videos on a variety of topics including astrophysics and supercomputing.

Images and Maps

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Each day, NASA presents one spectacular astronomical picture, with a brief explanation about it.
Big Bear Solar Observatory: The latest images from the Sun taken at the Solar Observatory located in Big Bear Lake, California.
Geostationary Satellite Images: Visible and infrared satellite pictures of Wisconsin.
Hubble Gallery: The best pictures of the Hubble Space Telescope.

The Full Moon Atlas: An interactive map of the Moon.


Astronomy Magazine: American monthly magazine covering all aspects of amateur astronomy, based near Milwaukee in Waukesha.
Sky & Telescope: American monthly magazine covering all aspects of amateur astronomy.
Amateur Astronomy: Written by amateur astronomers for amateur astronomers.

Local Societies and Special Events

Great Lakes Planetarium Association: The oldest regional planetarium association, with members from over 30 states.
International Planetarium Society: The International Planetarium Society is a global association of planetarium professionals with nearly 700 members from 35 countries around the world.
Milwaukee Astronomical Society:  Astronomy club which possesses several telescopes and CCD cameras which available to all members.
Northern Cross Science Foundation: Association dedicated to the pursuit of astronomy and related sciences on an amateur level. Several meeting points near Milwaukee.
Pewaukee Astronomy Club: Association that operates the Harken Observatory perched atop thePewaukee Public Library.
Racine Astronomical Society: The Racine Astronomical Society was established in 1956 to promote interest in astronomy among amateurs and the Racine area public.
Urban Stargazers: Not a club, but a gathering of individuals with a common interest in learning and practicing the hobby of amateur astronomy. They meet near the Urban Ecology Center (Milwaukee).
Wehr Astronomical Society: Group of amateur astronomers with programs geared to the beginner. The meetings are usually held at the Wehr Nature Center (Franklin).


Google Sky: Software to browse and explore the Earth and Universe, also online.
Stellarium: Free software that simulates the space in 3D and lets you explore the universe. Runs on GNU-Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.

For Kids

Younger Kids (Under 10 Years Old)

NASA Kids' Club: Do you like games? Do you like astronomy? Then this is the site for you!
NASA Science for Kids: Lots of games and fun facts about the Earth, the Sun and the Universe.
Solar System Explorations: Have you ever wished to travel through the Solar System? Now you can, at least virtually, in this cool NASA web site.
The Space Place: More NASA funny games and activities about space and technology.
Starchild, a Learning Center for Young Astronomers: Do you want to know more about our Universe? Then you should check out this site.

Older Kids (Over 10 Years Old)

NASA for Students: Stories, videos, games, experiments and much more in this NASA site.
Imagine the Universe!: This is a cool NASA web site to learn about the Universe. And if you have any questions, you can always ask an astrophysicist.
NASA Quest: Interactive activities about space science.

Visually Impaired

Blind Science: Several resources that enable blind people to learn about the Universe.
Resources for teaching blind students: List of links about about teaching blind students.
Space Sounds: A site where you can listen the sounds of the Universe.
Space Vision 2004: Astronomy hand on activities for the visually impaired.

En Español

Astronomía para niñas y niños: Juegos, actividades y curiosidades en esta página para los más pequeños.
Instituto Astrofísico de Canarias: Recursos educativos para profesores.
Pregúntale a un astrónomo, para niños: Las preguntas más frecuentes sobre astronomía están en esta web, con respuestas sencillas.
The Space Place (en español): Si tienes entre 8 y 13 años, ¡esta página te va a encantar! Tiene muchísimas actividades y juegos para conocer mejor nuestro Universo.

Astronomical Twitter Pages

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Astronomy Picture Of The Day: Check out these amazing photos and pictures!