ASTR 330: Solar System Astronomy
Web Sites Found by Students, Fall 1997
As assignment number two, all students were expected to find a USEFUL
web site relevant to the course, i.e., a web site containing
information about planetary science and our solar system and which
is reasonably authoritative. Here is a list of many of the sites
on which students wrote reports, although I have deleted some
duplications (lower level pages, mirror sites, etc.) and some that
I thought not relevant to this specific course.
The next step is for each student to scan fairly quickly through all the
links below and vote. Which link is the most useful for you, as an
alumnus of ASTR 330, in getting new information about topics covered
in the course? You can send your vote to
me via email.
You also have the option of replacing one of the monthly reports on
popular articles in the newspaper, with a report on your evaluation of
these web sites. The basis of evaluation should be whether it would
be useful to you, as an alumnus/a of ASTR 330, to look at this site in
the future (after you finish the course) to get updated information about
subjects covered in the course or to find out details beyond what you
needed for the course. You should compare the site you have
chosen with other sites from the list. I would prefer to have this
assignment handed in on paper, rather than submitted electronically.
General Planetary Science
An overview of planetary science developed by SEDS and maintained
at several mirror sites around the world. Try the U.S. site of
The Nine Planets.
You might also want to look at the pages of the
SEDS chapter at the
Lunar and Planetary Lab of the University of Arizona.
The National Space Science Data Center provides an overview of all
planetary data collected by NSSDC (as well as astrophysics and space
physics data), with a mixture of research-level and public information.
Here is their Entry Page.
Another good introductory site is that of the
Basic parameters of the planets and a selection of pretty pictures
were available at
but this site seems to have vanished in 1999.
A mixture of basic tutorial information (below the level of this course)
and relatively recent research was available at
NASA Marshall SFC.
This site seems to have moved in 1999 but they provide you a way to
try to search for the page you want.
Meteors and Meteorites
A part of a much larger set of pages titled The Nine Planets,
this page, not obvious from that title, is about
Comets and Asteroids
The Lunar and Planetary Lab of the U. of Arizona has many pages
about aspects of planetary science. One relevant page describes the
Bigelow Sky Survey.
Not any more!
The magazine Sky and Telescope maintains a set of web pages covering a
variety of topics but they have some particularly good information
Not any more!
The International Occultation Timing Association (IOTA) predicts
the occurence of occultations and organizes campaigs to observe them.
This page is aimed primarily at enthusiastic amateurs and discusses
some lunar occultations but primarily
This has moved in 1999 but they will give you the new link.
Information about Mars Pathfinder is available at the
but this is a synthesis of information also available more directly
from the project itself at
The obvious source for information about Galileo is the home page
maintained by the mission staff for the entry probe located at
NASA Ames and the
one maintained by the flight project
The NASA Ames web site has moved in 1999.
You can, with a little looking, find out the status of the launch
of Cassini on the mission"s set of pages. Here you can find the
overall description of the
Mission. This entry point is in what I would call the public tutorial
area and has real information (although a bit out of date regarding the
launch date as of 10/13) but you might find it more convenient to enter
those web pages at one level higher, where there is only a
top-level index (and which
is also up to date regarding the launch).
A broad coverage of all kinds of science is available at the
To M. F. A'Hearn's home page.
Created: 97/10/14, mfa
Last updated: 97/10/14, mfa;