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52 Ways to be a Lazy Astronomer

Lazy? Maybe “Efficient”! There are other ways to enjoy the skies and mysteries of the universe besides dragging your equipment out to a dark spot. Our club member Jorge Cazares showed us ways he does this at a previous club meeting. Below is a list of resources he showed us, including some he did not get to.

Link Resource Type
www.Spaceweather.com News
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy.html Blog
http://www.planethunters.org/ Crowdsource Exoplanet Hunting
www.redorbit.com News
http://www.wilmslowastro.com/ Amateur Space Software
http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/ Spacecraft Dawn
http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/index.php Spacecraft New Horizons
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/index.cfm Cool Planet Website from NASA
http://www.jwst.nasa.gov/ James Webb Telescope (Webcam)
http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/webb3d/#/ And in 3D!
http://helioviewer.org/ Tools Sun Viewer
http://sdowww.lmsal.com/suntoday/ Tools Sun
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ovation/ Aurora Viewer
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wingkp/wingkp_list.txt Confusing Aurora Data for Nerds
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/SWN/index.html Sun Tools in One Place
http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/ SDO Source Data (Pretty site)
http://www.solarstormwatch.com/ Save the astronauts!
http://www.spaceweather.com/flybys/flybys.php?zip=61820 Satellite Viewer
http://www.n2yo.com/?s=25544 Satellite Tracking and Predictions
http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/index.cfm ISS Info
http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/ Asteriod Tracking and Reporting Guides and Training
http://www.minorplanetcenter.org/iau/lists/Dangerous.html PHA list
http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/risk/ Near Earth Object Sentry Risk (SR) – Torino Scale
http://lunarmeteoritehunters.blogspot.com/ Latest Meteor Reports
http://topaz.streamguys.tv/~spaceweather/ Hear the Meteors
http://impact.ese.ic.ac.uk/ImpactEffects/ Earth Impact Simulator Text
The human body can survive relatively high blast overpressure without experiencing barotrauma. A 5 psi blast overpressure will rupture eardrums in about 1% of subjects, and a 45 psi overpressure will cause eardrum rupture in about 99% of all subjects. The threshold for lung damage occurs at about 15 psi blast overpressure. A 35-45 psi overpressure may cause 1% fatalities, and 55 to 65 psi overpressure may cause 99% fatalities. (Glasstone and Dolan, 1977; TM 5-1300, 1990)
https://b612foundation.org/list-of-impacts-from-impact-video/ List of Asteroid Hits
http://hubblesite.org/ Great Pictures of Sky
http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/images/gigapan Lunar surface north pole
http://www.moonzoo.org/craters Classify Craters
http://cleardarksky.com/c/ChmpgnSG1key.html Astronomy Viewing Forecast for CUAS Observatory
http://cleardarksky.com/lp/ChmpgnSG1lp.html?Mn=astronomy Light Pollution Map
http://nova.astrometry.net/user_images Astrometry Tools
http://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/Yoursky Sky Chart Tool
http://www.calsky.com/ (The ugliest) most complete astronomical observation and information online-calculator on the planet.
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/infographics/ Beautiful Informational Infographics
http://www.dvidshub.net/unit/NASA#.U5l4F_ldVun Download thousands of archived NASA footage.
Video Apollo 11
Alien craft at 50:46 🙂
http://www.sky-map.org/ Beautiful Sky Map
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/basics/index.php How to be a Rocket Scientist
Tools from http://heavens-above.com/ Tools
Create a free account and set your location on Earth before you try to use any visible pass calculations.
Satellite Database Satellites Visible Tonight
Satellites Escaping Our Solar System (Top secret X-37B) in Orbit
ISS Visible Passes ISS Orbital Height
Amateur Radio Satellites Sky Chart
Solar System Chart Comet Tracking and Locationsx
Planet Summar Moon Location and Phases
Sun Events and Locations
www.Slooh.com Control Your Own Large Observatory
http://www.cbat.eps.harvard.edu/Headlines.html IAU at CBAT
http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/horizons.cgi Telemetry Data for everything in the sky
https://www.space-track.org Pro Use Satellite Tracking and Predictions*
*Excerpt from heavens-above.com: Run by the US Department of Defense, responsible for making unclassified orbital elements available to the public. This organization has taken over the task from the OIG which was run by NASA. You will need to get an account to access the data.