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Take a Virtual Flight Through the Universe.
Atlantis Lifts Off... Finally
Take a Virtual Flight Through the Universe
Astronomers Working on their Wish List
Galileo Assists New Understanding of Io
ATLANTIS LIFTS OFF... FINALLY
The Space Shuttle Atlantis blasted into orbit this morning on its 10-day
mission to restock the International Space Station. The shuttle is
expected to catch up with the station on Sunday. The launch went off
without a hitch this morning, but only after it had been delayed on
three previous occasions by high winds in the launch area.
TAKE A VIRTUAL FLIGHT THROUGH THE UNIVERSE
Using data captured by the Anglo-Australian Observatory's telescope,
astronomers have created a virtual three-dimensional map of the Universe,
containing over 100,000 Galaxies - a number they hope to increase to
250,000 by 2001. The 3D map was used to create an animation of "flying"
through the Universe, from galactic cluster to galactic cluster.
ASTRONOMERS WORKING ON THEIR WISH LIST
The National Academy of Sciences is expected to release a report on
Friday describing which astronomy projects they believe should be funded
in the coming years. At the top of the list is the Next Generation Space
Telescope (NGST) which will be launched in 2008, and provide views of the
Universe 10-100 times better than Hubble. Other projects include ones to
study the evolution of galaxies, the evolution of black holes, and improve
the search for extra-solar planets.
GALILEO ASSISTS NEW UNDERSTANDING OF IO
New images of Io from the Galileo spacecraft have provided some of the
best views yet of Jupiter's most active moon: lakes of liquid lava,
volcanic fissures, giant calderas. Astronomers have even discovered a
volcano that may be moving across the surface of the moon. Since it was
first discovered by Voyager in 1979, the Volcano appears to have traveled
as much as 95 km across the surface of the moon.
EXCELLENT SPACE LINKS!
DGM Optics - http://www.erols.com/dgmoptics
A unique 2-mirror unobstructed Newtonian Reflector featuring exceptional
resolution and contrast
University of Alberta radio astronomy Group - http://www.ee.ualberta.ca/ra/ra.html
KryssTal - http://www.ultisoft.demon.co.uk/astro.html
Astronomy, physics, chemistry, mathematics, and eclipse expeditions
Keith's Astro Page - http://home.hiwaay.net/~krcool/Astro/Astro2.htm
Astronomy and astrophotography programs, projects, pictures and links.
Ersatz stars - http://home.att.net/~asterism
Your guide to observing artificial satellites from North-Central Florida.
NASA's Space Settlement Page - http://lifesci3.arc.nasa.gov/SpaceSettlement/
Orbital space settlements, includes technical information and a student design contest.
Ufology Resources - http://www.connect.net/mattvest/ufo.htm
UFO-related quotes, sighting reports, links, and more.
Jeff MacQuarrie's astronomy Homepage - http://members.aol.com/tchphysics
Astronomy images of galaxies, nebulae, aurorae, comets and star fields
obtained through a 16-inch Newtonian telescope.
Lawnchair Astronomer - http://members.aol.com/thestarman/index.html
Monthly Lawnchair Astronomer Column and Amateur astronomy Information.
Astrophotography for the Amateur - http://www.covingtoninnovations.com/astro
Michael Covington's book
Sveinung Vegum - http://home.c2i.net/svegum/indexx.html
practical astronomy and astrophotography.
Magic Mushroom Lamp and Waterfall Co - http://www.magicmushroomlamps.com
A unique gift collection of hand-crafted Lamps and Waterfalls
that resemble Mushrooms. Made in the USA. Secure on-line ordering.
William Knox Holt Planetarium - http://www.lhs.berkeley.edu/Planetarium.html
Holt Planetarium is a pioneer in designing audience participation planetarium programs.
AstroSights - http://www.astrosights.com
An amateur astronomy web directory, forums, classifeds and free email.
Ronak Shah's Home Page - http://www.nrao.edu/~rshah
Greatstar.net - http://www.greatstar.net
a very different futuristic site.
LiveSky - http://www.livesky.com
Astronomy search engine connected to Starry Night's 19 million object database.
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