Top 100 Astronomy Websites in the World in 2017

Hi all, I have put together the following list – my own take on Top 100 space and astronomy websites in 2015. Stargazing beginners and amateur astronomers may find there some helpful and free resources for their favourite hobby. Thanks for sharing this with fellow stargazers!

  1. Space.com
    Combines space exploration, astronomy and technology content with daily news covering space science discoveries, space flight, and technology behind all this.
  2. Cloudynights.com
    Contains reviews of astronomy equipment and accessories prepared by expert and amateur astronomers.
  3. N2yo.com
    Provides web-based real time mapping tool tracking a large number (if not all) of satellites.
  4. Heavens-above.com
    Popular online astronomy programme with graphics generated in real time and customized for time and location.
  5. Google.com/sky/
    Allows you to view the Moon, planets, stars, constellations, galaxies, meteorites and more.
  6. Astropix.com
    Features deep-sky astronomical photographs, tips and techniques for digital astrophotography, and image processing in Photoshop.
  7. Aa.usno.navy.mil/data/
    Website with information on moon rise/set, lunar eclipse, positions and phase data.
  8. Amsmeteors.org
    American Meteor Society websites with articles, pictures and videos covering meteor showers, fireball sightings, and more.
  9. Curious.astro.cornell.edu
    Astronomers at Cornell University are providing answers to questions. You can also browse archives of previous Q&As.
  10. Blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/
    Popular blog by Phil Plait on astronomy, its beauties, myths and misconceptions. The blog has moved to Slate some time ago but you may find it still useful.
  11. Neave.com/planetarium/
    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.
  12. Worldwidetelescope.org
    Website that functions as a virtual telescope, bringing together images from the best telescopes to give you chance to explore cosmos from your PC.
  13. Skyandtelescope.com/observing/
    A website built around popular astronomy magazines with a lot of useful tools.
  14. Astrophoto.com
    Images of galaxies, comets, nebulae and meteors.
  15. Wikisky.org
    Wikisky serves as an online interactive astronomy system with articles, gallery and forum.
  16. Astro.wisc.edu/~dolan/constellations/
    All you wanted to know about constellations listed in a very organised way.
  17. Pixinsight.com
    Astronomy software website for those of us who are interested in astro-photography.
  18. Seds.org
    Learning activities, information and news concerning the universe.
  19. Cleardarksky.com/csk/
    Graphical short-term forecasts of seeing related weather conditions at a large number of sites.
  20. Spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/
    A tool that allows you to look up where and when to see the international space station.
  21. Scopereviews.com
    A website with a long history providing advice to beginners and articles on telescopes, eyepieces and other astronomy accessory reviews.
  22. Astrosociety.org
    Astro news from San Francisco astronomers.
  23. Astronoo.com
    Astronomical website with articles about the cosmos, galaxies, planets and more.
  24. Astronomycafe.net
    Astronomy books that you may not have heard of.
  25. Skymaps.com
    Ultra high-quality maps of the night sky.
  26. Stargazing.net
    Website that provides free webhosting services to astronomy community.
  27. Skymaponline.net
    If you are looking for sky charts, then don’t look further.
  28. Astronomycast.com
    Discussion on various astronomical topics ranging from our solar system to cosmology.
  29. Spacebanter.com
    UK astronomy news discussion groups.
  30. Astrobuysell.com
    Contains new and used telescopes and accessories. UK site is also included.
  31. Solstation.com
    Online 3D sky maps.
  32. Skyatnightmagazine.com
    I don’t think there is an amateur astronomer in the UK who wouldn’t know this magazine.
  33. Celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/
    A regularly updated satellite tracking website.
  34. Satobs.org
    Provides an introduction to satellite viewing and information on the many satellites in orbit.
  35. Schursastrophotography.com
    A good website with astro images.
  36. Cosmotography.com
    Images of various astronomical objects obtained with commercially available telescopes and cameras
  37. Astronomyforum.net
    Beginners advice, classifieds, observation tips, diary, and bulletins.
  38. Telescope-optics.net
    Interesting website for those who would like to learn more about telescope errors.
  39. Aavso.org
    Variable star observers’ organization.
  40. Astronomycentral.co.uk
    Astronomy news and resources.
  41. Ianridpath.com
    History, legends and myths about constellations.
  42. Astronomynow.com
    The UK popular astronomy magazine.
  43. Nexstarsite.com
    Website started in 2000 with astronomy user guides and equipment reviews.
  44. Aaa.org
    Amateur Astronomers in New York.
  45. Theskyscrapers.org
    Calendar, resources, stargazing forums, astrophotography gallery and library.
  46. Rc-astro.com
    Images of various star clusters, impressive nebulae, galaxies and the solar system.
  47. Nightskyatlas.com
    Online night sky atlas with views and charts useful if you are located anywhere in the world.
  48. Panther-observatory.com
    Gallery and stargazing tips.
  49. Nightskyinfo.com
    Regularly updated information about night sky, astronomy articles and observations.
  50. Singastro.org
    Discusses issues related to star-gazing, observing techniques and equipment.
  51. Abmedia.com/astro/
    Astro image galleries and astro-photography articles.
  52. Allthesky.com/constellations/
    Photoguide to the constellations.
  53. Projectrho.com/public_html/starmaps/
    Data and useful links for star mapping.
  54. Hawastsoc.org
    Organization  that promotes amateur astronomy in Hawaii.
  55. Aoc.nrao.edu
    Website of observatory in New Mexico with description of current events.
  56. Astronomyclubs.com
    Contains contact information for many clubs world wide.
  57. Farnham-as.co.uk
    Farnham astronomical society with contact details, meeting venue and programme, and a gallery of members’ images.
  58. Earthstar.htmlplanet.com
    Diary of an amateur astronomer with image archive and various equipment information.
  59. Nlsa.com
    Programme with a real time tracking of satellites.
  60. Robgendlerastropics.com
    Images from deep sky and solar system, including some equipment information, and other helpful articles.
  61. Scopemaking.net
    Website for you if you are interested in building a Dobsonian telescope, refractors, tripods, eyepieces and other astronomy equipment.
  62. Davidpaulgreen.com
    Free astronomy software, book and site reviews, dark sky survey and resume.
  63. Astronomyforbeginners.com
    Information on basic astronomy facts, reviews of equipment, night sky guide, astro-photography, and also useful links.
  64. Skyview.gsfc.nasa.gov
    Virtual internet observatory providing images of any part of the sky.
  65. Umich.edu/~lowbrows/
    Amateur astronomy club providing information on open houses and events, an observer’s guide, and more.
  66. Oarval.org
    Amateur astronomy virtual observatory in Caracas, Venezuela.
  67. Covingtoninnovations.com/astro/
    Provides table of contents, ordering information, and preview of chapter one by Michael Covington.
  68. Popastro.com
    UK society for popular astronomy with a 60 year history.
  69. Ycas.org
    Schedule, telescope clinic, public observing, observatory information, and astronomy news.
  70. Sctscopes.net
    Astronomy basics, observing tips, photo advice, stargazing glossaries, and a lot of links.
  71. Inconstantmoon.com
    A new astronomy tour each night, with sky maps, astrophotography, clear explanations and animations.
  72. Sjaa.net
    Lunar eclipse information.
  73. Cfas.org
    Events, general and observing information, and news located in Orlando.
  74. Saguaroastro.org
    Astronomy club in Arizona providing newsletters, FAQ, gallery, observing notes, and downloads.
  75. Science.nasa.gov/realtime/jtrack/3d/JTrack3D.html/
    Website showing positions of various satellites.
  76. Astroclub.tau.ac.il/skymaps/monthly/
    Sky charts for every location.
  77. Astronomyshed.co.uk
    UK astronomy forum with general and newbie information.
  78. Stargazerslounge.com
    A very active astronomy forum.
  79. Astrocentral.co.uk
    A guide to amateur astronomy with focus on the solar system.
  80. Southernskyphoto.com
    Southern hemisphere night sky images.
  81. Astrophotography.com.au
    Photographic print gallery and how to.
  82. Nightskyhunter.com
    Website for amateur astronomers devoted to comet observation, atmospheric displays and other astronomical wonders.
  83. Smokymtnastro.org
    How-to astronomy articles, information on the sky tonight, and photo galleries.
  84. Telescope-simulator.com
    Website about what you can see with different scopes and eyepieces.
  85. Stellarproducts.com
    Astroimage galleries, stargazing tutorials, and astronomy products.
  86. Capella-observatory.com
    News and images from Capella observatory.
  87. Robertreeves.com
    Another website covering various aspects of astrophotography.
  88. Webbdeepsky.com
    Site for astronomers interested in the observation of deep sky.
  89. Deepskypedia.com
    Wiki type site which aims to help amateur astronomers plan their stargazing sessions.
  90. Galaxyimages.com
    Simply a website with astroimage galleries.
  91. Astrocruise.com
    Galleries of astroimages together with astronomy articles.
  92. Astronomical.org
    Materials on constellations, planet orbits, tips for beginners and other useful information.
  93. Astronomyhints.com
    Information on telescope designs mixed with some basic astronomy facts.
  94. Radiosky.com
    Provides software (some free), books, and hands-on projects.
  95. Urban-astronomer.com
    A good astronomy blog for those of us who are not luck enough to stargaze with powerful telescopes under dark clear skies.
  96. Findascope.com
    Information for first-time telescope buyers with FAQs and suggested telescopes and vendors.
  97. Sky-watch.com
    Although the founder of this site has passed away, you can find there a lot of useful information, astronomy articles and astrophotography gallery.
  98. Backyard-astro.com
    Contains sections with astronomy equipment, advice for beginners, books, the solar system and deep sky.
  99. Amateurastronomy.co.uk
    Information on astro imaging showing images of galaxies, star clusters, novae, supernovae, variable stars and other astronomical objects.
  100. Stargazing in the UK
    Blog about stargazing for amateur astronomers started in 2014.

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