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View Resource JSC Digital Image Collection

This high-quality collection is provided courtesy of NASA's Johnson Space Center, and it contains over 9,000 images. Visitors can get started by looking over the FAQ area, which provides answers to questions like "Where can I et prints and high-resolution scans of this imagery?" and "What is a 'fuzzy match?'" After this, visitors can perform a full-text search across all of the items, or use the...

View Resource The Henrietta Leavitt Flat Screen Space Theater: Explorations in Astronomy

The Henrietta Leavitt Flat Screen Space Theater is named for an American astronomer working at the Harvard Observatory in the beginning of this century. The site is authored by Carolyn Collins Petersen, an accomplished astronomy writer and part-time Hubble researcher. Carolyn takes viewers to "The Planetarium Show That Never Ends," where various heavenly bodies are displayed and described in...
View Resource Hubble Reopens Eye on the Universe

The Hubble Telescope has reopened for business following the successful December 1999 servicing mission, and the first images to come back are magnificent. The first of these sites offers images and explanatory text related to the "Eskimo" Nebula, "the glowing remains of a dying, Sun-like star." The nebula is called the "Eskimo" because, when viewed from a ground-based telescope, it resembles a...
View Resource Discovery of Companion Asteroids

This site displays the first-ever images of a large, double asteroid once assumed to be a single asteroid called Antiope. The images were recently released by the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI). Each asteroid in the pair is approximately 50 miles across, separated by about 100 miles. This discovery was made using the W.M. Keck Observatory, Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Images of another discovery, that...
View Resource Star Clusters Born in the Wreckage of Cosmic Collisions

These latest findings from Hubble will appeal to anyone with even a passing interest in astronomy. The first focuses on collisions between galaxies within Stephan's Quintet that have given rise to star clusters and dwarf galaxies. This release includes an introduction, background information, stunning photos, animations, videos, related links, and more.
View Resource Anglo-Australian Observatory Astronomical Images

David Malin, Adjunct Professor of Scientific Photography at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), has created this "gateway to a unique collection of wide-field astronomical photographs." These awe-striking photographs were mostly taken with the telescopes of the Anglo-Australian Observatory and include photos of galaxies, emission and reflection nebulae, supernovae, star clusters,...
View Resource SuperCOSMOS Sky Surveys

Part of the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh, the Wide-Field Astronomy Unit maintains the SuperCosmos Sky Surveys Web site. The SuperCosmos is an advanced photographic plate-digitizing machine that produces data derived from the scans of photographic Schmidt survey plates. Visitors can "extract images (pixel data) up to 15 arcmin across and/or object catalogues covering up to...
View Resource Extrasolar Visions

The Extrasolar Visions Web site provides a searchable guide to extra solar planets. These include planets of normal stars, pulsar planets, brown dwarfs, protoplanetary disks and protoplanets, extragalactic worlds, massive compact halo objects, and disproven or doubtful worlds. Visitors can search for these objects or view the week's 20 most popular systems, 20 most interesting systems, or the 20...
View Resource Weather Photography

Ph.D. student Harald Edens describes himself as a "photographer of lightning, clouds, atmospheric optical phenomena and astronomy". His Web site entitled Weather Photography proves this by providing a stunning collection of photographs and movies of atmospheric optics, lightning, clouds, and astronomy. The author describes how the photographs were taken, what equipment was used, and even discusses...
View Resource Digital Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) has created a digital version of the Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon, published in 1971 and considered "the definitive reference manual to the global photographic coverage of the Moon." The site includes all 675 plates contained in the original work, digitally enhanced to increase photo quality. Visitors can view images by feature name, listed...
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