Web Resources

Web Resources

Website containing ‘getting started’ info for backyard astronomers.

Name Website / Description
Go Stargazing     

Go Stargazing     

Find public stargazing events and astronomy activities near you.

The Society for Popular Astronomy, Occultations Section     

SPA Occultations     

Website of the Society for Popular Astronomy maintained by our very own Mell Jeffery, F.R.A.S (SPA Occultation Director).

Zarya.info     

Zarya.info     

Website of society member Bob Christy – satellite tracking, space mission history and latest and details of Iridium flares visible throughout the SARAS area.

John Harper’s Skynotes     

 

John Harper’s Skynotes     

Website of SARAS President & Founder John Harper. A simple astronomy site where you will find information about what is happening in the night sky from the point of view of Scarborough which is updated daily.

Jim’s Cosmos    

 

Jim’s Cosmos     

Website of society member Jim Cornmell – full of good observing material including star charts. In addition, if anyone fancies building an 18″ Dobsonian telescope, check out Jim’s guide.

Heavens Above     

Heavens Above     

Real-time satellite, ISS, and Space Shuttle orbital pass information, maps, and star charts.

Aurora Watch UK     

Aurora Watch UK     

Alerts of auroral activity. Sign up to the email alerts or their Twitter feed or Facebook group for immediate notification of increased geomagnetic activity. Site run and maintained by Lancaster University.

Spaceweather     

Spaceweather     

Up to date details on solar activity such as flares and active regions.

Astronomy Picture Of The Day     

NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day     

A new image every day from NASA. These images are taken with some of the large space and ground based telescopes.

BBC Sky At Night     

The Sky At Night     

The website to accompany the long running BBC TV series. Packed with additional content relating to the show.

Home Science: Backyard Astronomy Basics     

Home Science: Backyard Astronomy Basics     

Website containing ‘getting started’ info for backyard astronomers.

Polar Alignment Guide     

 

Polar Align an Equatorial Mount     

A website showing the entire process of how to Polar Align an Equatorial Mount.