Since most current space images are created by digital devices, like CCD cameras, and since most text is created on word processors, a natural destination for this digitized information is the World Wide Web (WWW) on the Internet. The WWW is a way that computers around the world are linked together by software and hardware that allow a user to bring images, text and other multi-media resources from any "web site" (hypertext equipped computer) on the "net" onto the user's computer (equipped to read hypertext documents) to view, explore, work with, save, and then to be able to electronically jump to another source with minimum of effort.

Major astronomy sites, like the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute, NASA, JPL, and most Universities that have Astronomy Departments and/or Observatories, including the University of Oregon and Pine Mountain Observatory, as well as numerous Astronomy Clubs and publications around the world, maintain pages and reference lists on the WWW. Thus, students, teachers, and anyone else interested in the latest material on astronomy technology and discoveries, can access this information almost in real time. Furthermore, most sites include E-mail links that allow a user to communicate directly to those subject-matter-experts who are directly working with the observatory/experiment/topic.

Below we offer you a sampling of astronomy oriented URLs. The simplest way to learn how Netscape, the WWW, and the Electronic Universe works is to browse through some of these sites. There are many other excellent sites, and we will add to and modify our list. We presently include some of our favorite current locations, with no endorsements nor recommendations, just the invitation for you to browse and enjoy!

Professor Greg Bothun, at the University of Oregon, has pioneered the use of electronic media, particularly the Internet, to promote wide-scale distribution of professional scientific information. Greg's "Electronic Universe" project already allows the public unprecedented access to professional sites and data, and will continue to develop strong interactive multimedia resources so that people equipped with high-speed Internet connectivity will be able to readily access a taste of real science first-hand. This Web site has been set up by Greg, and although Friends of Pine Mountain Observatory creates and edits the pages within our area, we thank and credit Greg for his overall concept, his furnishing the hardware/software for the site, and we encourage users to browse his pages listed below, particularly those science educators interested in information on the latest concepts in multi-media and distance-learning technology and projects.
A Place to Start
You will be starting from the Pine Mountain Observatory Web Site, where you found the Friends of Pine Mountain Observatory home page.
Your Host: The University of Oregon
Professor Bothun's University of Oregon Physics Department Home Page.
The University of Oregon's Astronomy Site
A major jump-off site to related links & courseware, including the latest information about the possible planet orbiting the star 51 Pegasus.
Current NASA mission to Saturn.
Mars Exploration Rover Missions January 2004
           Two rolling landers search for evidence of liquid water.
Mars Surveyor/Polar Lander
These are the current spacecraft enroute to Mars.
Mars Pathfinder
Pathfinder/Sojourner Mars Rover (This mission is over.)
Lunar Prospector
The first NASA Moon mission in 25 years!
The Galileo Mission
Current updates on the Galileo mission and the spacecraft.
Project Galileo
Complete Galileo mission information.
The Venus Magellan Mission
Venus Magellan mission info, images, data from JPL/NASA.
Space Telescope Science Institute Press Release
          Press release listing of latest discoveries including images.
Hubble's Greatest Hits of '90-'95
More images from the Hubble space telescope.
Hubble's Heritage Collection
New compilation of Space Telescope images and information.
Astronomical Chart
Chart of comparative distances.
NASA Kids Liftoff to Space Exploration
A Richly Illustrated Introduction to Space
Basic astrophysics content references
Another NASA reference resourse.
Astronomy Overview
A good overview of the hierarchy of the known Universe.
Current Sky Information and Star Charts
What to View and Where to find it, by Bruce Dale
Another source of seasonal sky charts Lake Afton Public Observatory's Charts.
An introduction to "atomicity" Basic atomic structure, basic chemistry.
Constellations- Patterns, Stars, History, Locations A very complete coverage by Chris Dolan, from Wisconsin.
Solar System Tour from SEDS, University of Arizona.
Solar System Tour from Calvin J. Hamilton, Los Alamos National Lab.
Solar System Tour from JPL.
NASA's most current Solar System Tour.
Solar System "Orrery" A really neat imaginary view from above the Solar System, showing current positions of planets in their orbits, relative to the Sun.
NASA's Planetary Photojournal Nearly 1500 images of Planets, Moons, and Asteroids taken by Robotic Spacecraft that have flown by these objects. Many formats available at this site.
Visible Comets NASA's information about currently visible comets.
Asteroid Coordinates Where to locate the minor planets - IAU and MPC site.
Today's Sun Current image of our Sun.
More Solar Images Other solar image sources.
Aurora Borealis Predictions of aurorae, charts of auroral areas from Alaska.
More Aurora Borealis Worldwide aurora information.
Detailed Solar and Lunar Eclipse info,Imagery, and Maps From Fred Espenak at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Messier Object Images University of Arizona's Messier Objects images (includes neat thumbnail index of these "deep sky" objects).
Black Hole FAQ UC Berkeley, Frequently asked Questions page.
Black Holes, Types of Stars U of O's Professor Jim Schombert's introduction to the life/death of stars.
Simulations Virtual trips to Black Holes and Neutron Stars.
NASA NASA's home page.
SpaceLink NASA news, images, educational materials.
Amazing Space - projects for students Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute's Educational Site.
Quest NASA's K-12 Internet Initiative.
More projects and info about discovering extra-solar Planets NASA's extra-solar planet page, also see Greg Bothun's Java Lab.
Jet Propulsion Lab JPL's home page.
JPL Learning Link JPL's education outreach.
The Science Factory and Planetarium Formally The Lane ESD Planetarium.
Rose City Astronomers The Rose City Astronomers' home page (with link to Portland's OMSI).
Eugene Astronomical Society The Eugene Astronomical Society's home page.
Goldendale, Washington, Observatory
A State Park with an excellent Observatory.
Murdock Planetarium
OMSI's Murdock Planetarium home page.
OMSI's Starlab Planetarium
OMSI's Starlab Planetarium home page.

Telescope information Description/diagrams/photos of telescopes by Nick Strobel, Bakersfield.
        Charge Coupled Device (CCD) Cameras:
Apogee Instruments' CCD University Many details about CCD technology
Professor Bothun's CCD page Overview of current technology, details
Observatories An extensive list of observatories compiled by the USGS.
Telescope construction Mel Bartels' astronomy/telescope construction home page.
CCD Cookbook Imaging Richard Berry's CCD Cookbook Camera Home Page.
UW Astronomy Department University of Washington's Astronomy Department - very complete.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific Astronomical Society of the Pacific, another major listing and links.
Astronomy Magazine A very complete listing, including what one can see with the naked eye in tonight's sky.
Sky Online Home of Sky & Telescope magazine. Another complete listing, also including what to see with the naked eye in tonight's sky.
An Interactive Drake Equation Find out how many civilizations may exist in our galaxy to talk to.
Professor Geoff Marcy's site about finding Extra-Solar Planets

This site maintained by The Friends of Pine Mountain Observatory.
If you have any comments or questions please send them to:
Frank Gornto, WebWeaver,or to Rick Kang, FOPMO Education/Publicity Chair
Last updated 19 January 2002 by fmg.

All artwork by Amy McGrew. Not to be re-published in any form without permission.