Stargazing Adventures

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John writes a weekly Sky Report for the Stellar Vista Observatory in Kanab, Utah, and you can access at

Recommended Astronomy Apps

John uses an iPad and iPhone and recommends these apps for stargazers. Find them at the App Store.

A sophisticated and complete program for viewing the sky. It is a detailed zoomable star map that includes thousands of items -- everything you can see in the sky with a large telescope -- shown at any time and from any place. Very highly recommended. With this one app, you don't need much else.
Moon Globe HD
A very detailed photographic globe that shows all you can see with a large telescope, adjustable for the date and time you select, and handy for use at the telescope.

Dark Sky
Shows on a detailed globe of the earth how dark the sky is on average. Useful for planning observing sessions.

Recommended Astronomy Web Sites

I especially recommend "Akkana's Links" at

These are among the most useful sites on the web for stargazers.

Heavens Above
Satellite predictions for your location plus customizable star charts and much more.

Astronomy Picture of the Day
Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

Telescope Review Web Site
Comprehensive reviews of over 100 telescopes and accessories, a beginner's advice column, feature articles, and more.
Lunar Photo of the Day
A photo of the moon each day with caption.
The Messier Catalog
Detailed information and photos of the most beautiful objects in the sky including nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies.

Space Weather
News and information about the Sun-Earth environment: sunspots, solar activity, aurora, space mission news, and near-Earth asteroids.

The Nine Planets
A multimedia overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of the planets, moons and other objects in our solar system with text and NASA's images.
A Guide to Astrophotography
Astrophotography history, methods, equipment reviews, photos, and resources.

Solar System Live
An interactive orrery: you can view the entire solar system, or just the inner planets (through the orbit of Mars). Controls allow you to set time and date, viewpoint, observing location, orbital elements to track an asteroid or comet, and a variety of other parameters.
The Astronomy Cafe
"A web site for the astronomically disadvantaged. Do you have questions about space that you can't seem to get answers to? Sit down, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, and have a look around!"

Eclipse Home Page
NASA's eclipse web site with all you could want to know about past, present, and future solar and lunar eclipses.
The Constellations and Their Stars
Comprehensive information about the constellations.

Astronomy Software
Links for hundreds of freeware, shareware, and commercial astronomy programs for Windows, Macintosh, UNIX, and Interactive Web Pages.
Directory lists dozens of observing sites in 36 states and six Canadian provinces -- all contributed by people who enjoy viewing the real universe, away from city lights and haze.

Keith's Moon Page

A collection of moon facts, moon phases, moon photos and moon folklore.
Astronomy Clubs
List of thousands of astronomy clubs around the globe.

International Dark Sky Association
An organization dedicated to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through quality outdoor lighting.
Weekly Information About Bright Comets
Keep current with comets that appear in our sky.

Ian Ridpath's Star Tales
Myths, legends, and history of the constellations.

NGC/IC Project
Detailed information with photos for thousands of star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae.

Greek Astronomy
Ancient Greek astronomy and astronomers.

Hitchhikers Guide to the Moon
A guide to telescopic observations of the moon by Akkana Peck, with help from many contributors

Accurate sun, moon, planet rise/set graphs and data.

Planetary Guide to Outer Space
Links to other astronomy sites, many of them kid-friendly.
Traditions of the Sun

Native American solar practices, especially at Chaco Canyon.

Bad Astronomy
Phil Plait's site on bad astronomy -- astronomy misconceptions and errors in the movies and on the news.

Love the Night Sky
Lessons help new and amateur backyard astronomers get more enjoyment from our wonderful hobby.

Griffith Observatory Star Awards
For nine years John supervised the conferral of a "Star Award" to one deserving astronomy web site each week, and this page is a collection of more than 400 wonderful web sites! This is the list as it existed when it was discontinued on John's retirement in 2006. Most of these sites have since disappeared, but that is just a fact of life.

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