- Science fiction fans and authors of SF novels have often wondered "where
everything is". Is Sirius closer to Procyon than Tau Ceti? Is 82 Eridani
safely within the Terran Federation, or is it perilously close to the dreaded
Blortch Empire? And just where exactly is Babylon 5? "Hard" SF writers
and interstellar game designers need reasonably accurate 3-D starmaps in order
to set the stage. This webpage is a feeble attempt to assist those who lack
the knowledge (or inclination) to do the work themselves. You don't have any
excuse now, I've done most of the work for you! If nothing else, grab the
Alien Planet Designer
- These pages are on the borderline between hard Science Fiction and genuine
science. In the hard SF tradition, everything here is scientifically rigorous,
except when it is more fun to bend the rules. The pages have 3 aims: (1) To
help people understand the general physics of stellar and planetary systems.
Speculation is rife about alien worlds circling alien suns, but many are unrealistic
because the effects of the universal laws governing them are not appreciated.
People design alien worlds from science fiction, anthropological and role-playing
perspectives. Some are happy not to worry about such details, but others might
appreciate the verisimilitude a few calculations can bring. (2) To help with
those calculations. Few are complicated, but they are tedious to perform,
and there is no central reference with them all (if you know better, I'd love
to know). (3) To look how other people have prepared their alien worlds.
The American Astronomical Society - The
American Astronomical Society (AAS), established 1899, is the major professional
organization in North America for astronomers, other scientists and individuals
interested in astronomy.
Journal - Founded in 1849 by B.A. Gould, The Astronomical Journal is one
of the world's finest journals in the field. The expanded coverage of quasars,
galaxies, supernova remnants, and studies of the interstellar medium complement
the more traditional areas of astronomy, including galactic structure and
dynamics, astrometry, variable and binary stars, solar system studies, and
cosmology. With an emphasis on observational papers and a generally short
publication time, the Journal attracts many seminal papers, and is an indispensable
journal for serious astronomers.
The Astronomical League - The
World's Largest Federation of Amateur Astronomers. Our basic goal is to encourage
an interest in astronomy (and especially amateur astronomy). We do this through
educational and observational programs for the amateur astronomer. Anyone
may join us as a Member-at-Large, or through their local astronomical society.
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific
- For over a hundred years, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific has worked
to explain the mysteries of the universe to students, teachers, hobbyists,
and the general public. As the largest general astronomy society in the world,
our membership represents a community joined by its love of the heavens and
a desire to share that enjoyment.
- A comprehensive astronomy / space / satellite-tracking package for Microsoft
Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0.
The International Astronomical Union -
The mission of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), founded in 1919,
is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects through
international cooperation. With now over 8,300 individual members and 66 Adhering
Countries worldwide, the IAU plays a key role in promoting and coordinating
worldwide cooperation in astronomy. The IAU is also the sole internationally
recognised authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and surface
features on such bodies.
The Nine Planets - A overview
of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the
planets and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images, some
have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information.
The SIMBAD astronomical
database - The SIMBAD astronomical database, created and maintained by
the CDS, Strasbourg, brings together basic data, cross-identifications, observational
measurements, and bibliography, for celestial objects outside the solar system:
stars, galaxies, and nonstellar objects within our galaxy, or in external
galaxies. The acronym SIMBAD stands for Set of Identifications, Measurements,
and Bibliography for Astronomical Data. SIMBAD contains information for about
1 million objects, for which 3.3 million identifiers, more than 1.5 million
observational measurements and 1.4 million bibliographical references are
- A unique concept for colonization beyond the Earth. While most thinking
regarding the expansion of the human race outward into space has focused on
the colonization of the surfaces of other planets, the space settlement concept
suggests that planetary surfaces may not be the best location for extraterrestrial
colonies. Artificial, closed-ecology habitats in free orbit would seem to
have many advantages over any planetary home (Earth included).
Solar System Live
- Welcome to Solar System Live, the interactive Orrery of the Web. 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.
- Your Webside guide to the galaxy! An astronomy site designed by an amateur
for amateurs, not only will StarLore provide you with all you need to know
about the constellations, but it also has the following features: Star Indexes
Galaxy Indexes Nebulae Indexes Star Cluster Indexes Monthly Deep Sky Indexes
StarLore can also tell you which stars, constellations and deep sky objects
are currently visible from your part of the world - cool!
Warp Home Page - WARP
is a science-fiction role-playing tool geared towards game masters which want
to enrich their campaign by using real stars in their scenarios.
Windows to the Universe - Our
purpose is to develop a fun and different Web site about the Earth and Space
sciences. Windows to the Universe is graphics intensive! Entry options here
lead to the Intermediate content level.