Doing "Real Science" from your Backyard

On August 21, 2004 I presented at Starfest 2004 on the topic of doing real science from your backyard. Listed below are the Internet resources that were provided during the presentation.

General Astronomy

Deep Sky Browser (Messier45.com) - www.messier45.com
American Astronomical Society - Pro / Am collaboration - www.aas.org/wgpac/registry
SIMBAD Astronomical Database - http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/Simbad

Meteor Showers

Radio detection of meteors (Phil Gebhardt) - www.odxa.on.ca/meteor.html  
International Meteor Organization - www.imo.net
American Meteor Society - www.amsmeteors.org
Meteor scatter info - www.meteorscatter.net/ms.htm

Comet Hunting

IAU Astronomical Headlines - http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/cfa/ps/Headlines.html
JPL Comet Observation Page - http://encke.jpl.nasa.gov/ 
Digitized Sky Survey - http://archive.stsci.edu/cgi-bin/dss_form 

Occultations & Grazes

International Lunar Occultation Centre observations clearing house - http://www1.kaiho.mlit.go.jp/KOHO/iloc/docs/iloc_e.html 
International Occultation Timing Association occultation predictions - http://www.anomalies.com/iotaweb/

Variable Stars

American Association of Variable Star Observers - http://www.aavso.org

Binary Stars

Webb Society - http://www.webbsociety.freeserve.co.uk/
Double Star Library - http://ad.usno.navy.mil/wds/dsl.html 
The Double Star Observer journal - http://home.cshore.com/rfroyce/dso/
The Washington Double Star Catalogue - http://ad.usno.navy.mil/wds/wdstext.html  

Asteroid Hunting & Astrometry

The Minor Planet Center - http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/mpc.html 
Near Earth Object Program - http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/
Lowell critical list of asteroids - http://asteroid.lowell.edu/asteroid/loneos/critlist.html

Supernova Hunting

International Supernova Network - http://www.supernovae.net/isn.htm
Digital Sky Survey - http://archive.stsci.edu/cgi-bin/dss_form 

 

Reporting Astronomical Discoveries

Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams
comets, supernovae, novae, variable stars, planetary surface changes
http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/cbat.html 
cbat@cfa.harvard.edu

Minor Planet Center
Minor planets (asteroids)
http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/cfa/ps/mpc.html 
mpc@cfa.harvard.edu 

International Meteor Organization
Fireballs on-line form
http://www.imo.net/fireball/