Astronomy Links Multiple opportunities to get involved in astronomy Sky at Night programme     How the Sun shines

Double stars - put Double Stars into your browser and so many links will appear Greek alphabet 26 nearest stars 26 brightest stars Solar system data Moon data Moon map Meteor showers Optical telescopes

Equatorial mount Moon’s phases Messier list
constellations by month Herschel Museum Einstein’s universe Extra-solar catalogue Royal Observatory, Edinburgh Royal Greenwich Observatory Solar eclipses Lunar eclipses Variable stars Catania Solar Observatory-see the Sun useful bits and pieces Stellar Magnitudes Right Ascension and Declination Hubble Space Telescope Very Large Telescope Keck Observatory the Sun and planets history of astronomy famous astronomers constellations stellar spectra
star chart universe distances ISS, Iridium flares, comets  and more Glossary

What’s next  -   Famous Scientists

All of the scientists we have considered have many biographies. Some visits:

Charles Darwin - Down House

Natural History Museum

Science Museum

Royal Greenwich Observatory

Isaac Newton

Michael Faraday, Humphry Davy

William Herschel

Christopher Wren
Robert Hook

Gresham College

Cavendish Museum

Lunar Society Birmingham Walk

Matthew Boulton

Erasmus Darwin

Richard Arkwright

Astronomy - What's Next?

There are many excellent books available from the library and large bookshops, including internet shops. Here are a few more ideas on how to continue your interest:

Using a star chart, take the opportunity, on a clear night, to look at the night sky yourself. Newspapers (Times, Telegraph) and monthly astronomical magazines (Astronomy Now, Sky at Night) publish sky charts and have information about how to find the planets, meteor showers and watch eclipses.

There is an enormous amount of information available on the Internet. Every aspect of astronomy is covered. Whether you want to watch a solar eclipse live or just read about the latest ideas in cosmology, your browser will take you there. Try Tell the software where you live, it will then provide you with star charts, space station pass times and much more.

Television and Radio
Look out for the programmes, which cover astronomical topics e.g. The Sky at Night (BBC4). Horizon and Inside Science (Radio 4). Many of these can be watched /listened to again, via the Internet.

Local Societies
Norfolk and Suffolk are fortunate to have several active societies/clubs. New members are always welcome and all have open evenings when you have the opportunity to look through a telescope without joining. Contact details are often to be found in the local paper/astronomical magazine (e.g. Astronomy Now) or the Sky at Night website.

Norwich Astronomical Society – Seething Airfield, Toad Lane, Industrial Estate  

Breckland Astronomical Society –Recreation Hall, Great Ellingham.  

North Norfolk Astronomical Society – 

National Societies
British Astronomical Association and Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1V 9AG 020 7734 4145

Society for Popular Astronomy

Cambridge Astronomy 01223 326050
Astronomy Now
Earth and Sky 01328 820083


Greenwich Royal Observatory, Greenwich, London – museum and planetarium 020 8858 4422

Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh 0131 668 8405 - has a visitor centre and spectacular views over the city

Woolsthorpe Manor, Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, Grantham, Lincolnshire (just off the A1)
The house where the great man (Isaac Newton) was born and did some of his finest work. Visitor centre and exhibition. 01476 860338

Jodrell Bank, Cheshire – 20 miles south of Manchester, take J18 on M6, exhibition and planetarium, 01447 571339

Armagh Observatory, Armagh, Northern Ireland 0128 3752 2928 – has a visitors centre and a planetarium. Good online shop.

National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS – museum, theatre/planetarium 0870 60 77223 and planetarium 0116 261 0261

Southend Planetarium, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea
01702 434 449

Herschel Museum, Bath

Winchester Planetarium

Star Party Kelling Heath, Norfolk

Distance Learning
Liverpool John Moores University
Introducing Astronomy, Open University, 0845 3008845 and
A range of courses: University of Central Lancashire, 01772 893540 and
Jodrell Bank Observatory (Manchester University)
University College London
plus others

It is now possible to observe the sky from your computer, as it is now, or as it was thousands of years ago, or what it will look like in the future. Some software enables you to see the sky from any other part of Solar System.

There are many free software packages available via the internet eg

 Binoculars and Telescopes
A few possibilities:

Magazines – BBC Publications

History of Astronomy/Famous Scientists Links  Museum of the History of Science, Oxford History of Science Science timeline Aristotle Royal Library of Alexandria Archimedes Gresham College The War on Galileo Galileo and the church The Galileo Project Robert Hooke Legacy of Robert Hooke
Newton and Hooke Newton and Leibniz Newton and The Trinity
Woolsthorpe Manor The Newton Project,%20Greenwich Royal Observatory History of the Royal Society
Lunar Society Royal Institution Charles Darwin Charles Darwin's home British Science Association History Wilberforce and Huxley debate       Evolution Support Scientific 'theory' explained Cavendish Laboratory Nobel Prizes Marie Curie Albert Einstein Manhattan Project British Society for the History of Science Voyagers Richard Dawkins homepage Human Genome Project Large Hadron Collider In Our Time Archive Material World Archive




It is not necessary to be a member of the WEA to attend a WEA course or to have any prior scientific or mathematical knowledge. Attend the first session with no obligation. 

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Day Schools are available throughout East Anglia, on Astronomy, History of Astronomy or Famous Scientists.