Hi all, I have put together the following list – my own take on Top 100 space and astronomy websites this year. Stargazing beginners and amateur astronomers may find there some helpful and free resources for their favourite hobby. Thanks for sharing this with fellow stargazers!
Combines space exploration, astronomy and technology content with daily news covering space science discoveries, space flight, and technology behind all this.
Contains reviews of astronomy equipment and accessories prepared by expert and amateur astronomers.
Provides web-based real time mapping tool tracking a large number (if not all) of satellites.
Popular online astronomy programme with graphics generated in real time and customized for time and location.
Allows you to view the Moon, planets, stars, constellations, galaxies, meteorites and more.
Features deep-sky astronomical photographs, tips and techniques for digital astrophotography, and image processing in Photoshop.
American Meteor Society websites with articles, pictures and videos covering meteor showers, fireball sightings, and more.
Astronomers at Cornell University are providing answers to questions. You can also browse archives of previous Q&As.
This is a virtual planetarium or interactive sky map, which is customizable by location and time of day. It’s really useful tool for exploring the stars and planets.
Wikisky serves as an online interactive astronomy system with articles, gallery and forum.
Astronomy software website for those of us who are interested in astro-photography.
Learning activities, information and news concerning the universe.
Graphical short-term forecasts of seeing related weather conditions at a large number of sites.
A website with a long history providing advice to beginners and articles on telescopes, eyepieces and other astronomy accessory reviews.
Astronomical website with articles about the cosmos, galaxies, planets and more.
Astronomy books that you may not have heard of.
Ultra high-quality maps of the night sky.
Website that provides free webhosting services to astronomy community.
If you are looking for sky charts, then don’t look further.
Discussion on various astronomical topics ranging from our solar system to cosmology.
UK astronomy news discussion groups.
Contains new and used telescopes and accessories. UK site is also included.
Online 3D sky maps.
I don’t think there is an amateur astronomer in the UK who wouldn’t know this magazine.
A regularly updated satellite tracking website.
Provides an introduction to satellite viewing and information on the many satellites in orbit.
A good website with astro images.
Images of various astronomical objects obtained with commercially available telescopes and cameras
Beginners advice, classifieds, observation tips, diary, and bulletins.
Interesting website for those who would like to learn more about telescope errors.
Variable star observers’ organization.
Astronomy news and resources.
History, legends and myths about constellations.
The UK popular astronomy magazine.
Website started in 2000 with astronomy user guides and equipment reviews.
Amateur Astronomers in New York.
Calendar, resources, stargazing forums, astrophotography gallery and library.
Images of various star clusters, impressive nebulae, galaxies and the solar system.
Online night sky atlas with views and charts useful if you are located anywhere in the world.
Gallery and stargazing tips.
Regularly updated information about night sky, astronomy articles and observations.
Discusses issues related to star-gazing, observing techniques and equipment.
Astro image galleries and astro-photography articles.
Photoguide to the constellations.
Data and useful links for star mapping.
Organization that promotes amateur astronomy in Hawaii.
Website of observatory in New Mexico with description of current events.
Contains contact information for many clubs world wide.
Farnham astronomical society with contact details, meeting venue and programme, and a gallery of members’ images.
Diary of an amateur astronomer with image archive and various equipment information.
Programme with a real time tracking of satellites.
Images from deep sky and solar system, including some equipment information, and other helpful articles.
Website for you if you are interested in building a Dobsonian telescope, refractors, tripods, eyepieces and other astronomy equipment.
Free astronomy software, book and site reviews, dark sky survey and resume.
Information on basic astronomy facts, reviews of equipment, night sky guide, astro-photography, and also useful links.
Virtual internet observatory providing images of any part of the sky.
Amateur astronomy club providing information on open houses and events, an observer’s guide, and more.
Amateur astronomy virtual observatory in Caracas, Venezuela.
Provides table of contents, ordering information, and preview of chapter one by Michael Covington.
UK society for popular astronomy with a 60 year history.
Schedule, telescope clinic, public observing, observatory information, and astronomy news.
Astronomy basics, observing tips, photo advice, stargazing glossaries, and a lot of links.
A new astronomy tour each night, with sky maps, astrophotography, clear explanations and animations.
Lunar eclipse information.
Events, general and observing information, and news located in Orlando.
Astronomy club in Arizona providing newsletters, FAQ, gallery, observing notes, and downloads.
Website showing positions of various satellites.
Sky charts for every location.
UK astronomy forum with general and newbie information.
A very active astronomy forum.
A guide to amateur astronomy with focus on the solar system.
Southern hemisphere night sky images.
Photographic print gallery and how to.
Website for amateur astronomers devoted to comet observation, atmospheric displays and other astronomical wonders.
How-to astronomy articles, information on the sky tonight, and photo galleries.
Website about what you can see with different scopes and eyepieces.
Astroimage galleries, stargazing tutorials, and astronomy products.
News and images from Capella observatory.
Another website covering various aspects of astrophotography.
Site for astronomers interested in the observation of deep sky.
Wiki type site which aims to help amateur astronomers plan their stargazing sessions.
Simply a website with astroimage galleries.
Galleries of astroimages together with astronomy articles.
Materials on constellations, planet orbits, tips for beginners and other useful information.
Information on telescope designs mixed with some basic astronomy facts.
Provides software (some free), books, and hands-on projects.
A good astronomy blog for those of us who are not luck enough to stargaze with powerful telescopes under dark clear skies.
Information for first-time telescope buyers with FAQs and suggested telescopes and vendors.
Although the founder of this site has passed away, you can find there a lot of useful information, astronomy articles and astrophotography gallery.
Contains sections with astronomy equipment, advice for beginners, books, the solar system and deep sky.
Information on astro imaging showing images of galaxies, star clusters, novae, supernovae, variable stars and other astronomical objects.
- Stargazing in the UK
Blog about stargazing for amateur astronomers started in 2014.