OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES

SOFTWARE

 
Name
Link
Compatability
Description
Cost
GuideDog
http://barkosoftware.com/GuideDog/index.html
Windows
Auto-guiding software for telescopes
Free
ASCOM
https://ascom-standards.org/
Windows (Linux & MacOS soon)
Standard interface for range of astronomy equipment
Free
MetaGuide
https://www.smallstarspot.com
Windows
Auto-guiding software for telescopes
Free
PHD Guiding
https://openphdguiding.org
Windows, MacOS
Auto-guiding software for telescopes
Free
LTImage
https://www.schoolsobservatory.org/help/ltimage
Windows
Easy-to-use software by NSO to edit FITS images (aimed at schools and beginners)
Free
FITS Liberator
https://noirlab.edu/public/products/fitsliberator/
Windows, MacOS
Imaging Package
Free
IRIS
http://www.astrosurf.com/buil/iris-software.html
Windows
Imaging Package
Free
GIMP
https://www.gimp.org
Windows, MacOS, Linux
Image Processing
Free
Aperture Photometry Tool
https://aperturephotometry.org
Windows, MacOS
For photometry of images
Free
WinJUPOS
http://jupos.org
Windows
Locating impacts on objects in the Solar System
Free
Stellarium
http://www.stellarium.org
Windows, Mac, Linux
Live Planetarium
Free
Cartes du Ciel
http://www.ap-i.net/skychart/en/start
Windows, Linux, MacOS
Software to draw sky charts
Free
Celestia
https://celestia.space/download.html
Windows, Linux, MacOS
3D simulated universe, with thousands of objects used in the simulation
Free
Gaia Sky
https://zah.uni-heidelberg.de/gaia/outreach/gaiasky
Windows/Linux/MacOS
Look at a visualisation of the Gaia data so you can jump from one end of the Milky Way to the other
Free
Virtual Moon Atlas
http://sourceforge.net/projects/virtualmoon//
Windows, Linux
Software for Moon observation and survey
Free
K Stars
https://edu.kde.org/kstars/
Windows, MacOS, Linux
Helps with planning sessions, with a simulation of the sky, FOV calculator etc.
Free
TiltSun
https://www.atoptics.co.uk/tiltdld.htm
Windows 10 and below
Helps you find out the orientation of the Sun for use during eclipses
Free
Adobe Photoshop
https://www.adobe.com/uk/creativecloud/catalog/desktop.html
Windows, MacOS, Linux
Image Processing
£19.97/month inc. VAT
Raw Therapee
https://www.rawtherapee.com
Windows, MacOS, Linux
Software to process raw image
Free
Siril
https://siril.org
Windows, MacOS, Linux
Image processing tool
Free
Astro Image J
https://www.astro.louisville.edu/software/astroimagej/
Windows, MacOS, Linux
Image processing and photometry
Free
Startrails
https://www.startrails.de/#download
Windows
Star Trails Stacking
Free
AutoStakkert! 2
https://www.autostakkert.com/wp/download//
Windows
Planetary Video Processing Software
Free
Registax 6
http://astrophotography-telescope.com/download-registax-6-free-stacking-software-and-image-processing/
Linux/Windows
Planetary Video Processing Software (malware on official site)
Free
Deep Sky Stacker
http://deepskystacker.free.fr/english/index.html
Windows
Combining Sub-Exposures
Free
StarStax
https://markus-enzweiler.de/software/starstax/#download
MacOS, Windows, Linux
Combining Sub-Exposures and Star Trails Stacking
Free
Lynkeos
https://lynkeos.sourceforge.io/wiki/index.php/Download
MacOS
Planetary Video Processing Software
Free
IC Capture
https://www.theimagingsource.com/support/downloads-for-windows/end-user-software/iccapture/
Windows (except Windows XP)
Imaging source webcam control
Free
digiCamControl
http://digicamcontrol.com
Windows (Canon & Nikon DSLR)
Camera Control
Free
FireCapture
http://www.firecapture.de
Windows, MacOS, Linux, Blackberry
Planetary Webcam Control
Free
Sharp Cap
https://www.sharpcap.co.uk/
Windows (vista to 7)
Live stacking and imaging software for use with cameras
Free/£10 per year

With help from Apendix G, The Art of Astrophotography by Ian Morison, ISBN 978-1-316-61841-7, published by the Cambridge Univeristy Press in Cambridge, UK; and Rodger Livermore's talk at ADAS on 4th June 2021. 

 

WEBSITES

With help from "Astronomy Sites" Sea and Sky, "List of Best Space and Astronomy Websites" Astronomy Trek. Both accessed 4th July 2020.

Name
Link
Description
BAA
https://britastro.org
BAA website
FAS
http://fedastro.org.uk/
FAS website
Astronomy Digest
http://www.ianmorison.com
Ian Morison's collection of tips & tricks for amateur astronomers
International Astronomical Union
http://www.iau.org/
IAU's Website
Astrometry.net
http://nova.astrometry.net/
Find out what your image of the night sky is of
Online Narrowband RGB Combination Preview Tool
https://www.bintel.com.au/narrowband-preview-tool/?v=322b26af01d5
Find out what different combinations of your RGB images look like with a tool by Dylan O’Donnell
Symbols & References
https://space.fm/astronomy/tools/symbols.html
A guide to all astronomy jargon
Cal Sky
https://www.calsky.com
Astronomical calculator to plan observing
Astronomy Tools
https://astronomy.tools
A collection of useful, free astronomy tools (like calculators)
Cruxis
http://www.cruxis.com
Telescope Data Calculators
12 Dimensional String Astronomy Tools
https://www.12dstring.me.uk
A selection of useful calculators and other astronomy tools
Bintel Astronomy Calculator & Simulator
https://www.bintel.com.au/tools/astronomy-calculator/?v=322b26af01d5
Find what combination of telescope and camera is best for you with a tool by Dylan O’Donnell
NSO Simulators & Calculators
https://www.schoolsobservatory.org/discover/sims-cals
Fun simulators and calculators, from gravity on other planets to how old you would be if you lived on a different planet
Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia
http://exoplanet.eu
Exoplanet catalogue and database
NASA Exoplanet Archive
https://exoplanetarchive.ipac.caltech.edu
Exoplanet catalogue and database
Telesopius
https://telescopius.com
Deep sky objects database, telescope simulator, astrophotography mosaic planner, astrophotographer social network
NASA Exoplanet Catalogue
https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/discovery/exoplanet-catalog/
Exoplanet catalogue and database
Hubble Legacy Archive
http://hla.stsci.edu
Look at and edit archived images from the Hubble Space Telescope
England's Light Pollution and Dark Skies
https://www.nightblight.cpre.org.uk/maps/
Detailed map of light pollution in England
Avex Light Pollution Map
https://avex-asso.org/dossiers/pl/europe-2016/
Detailed light pollution map of Europe by Frédéric Tapissier (in French)
Lightpollutionmap.info
https://lightpollutionmap.info
Interactive light pollution map of the world to help you find where best to stargaze
Commission for Dark Skies
https://britastro.org/dark-skies/index.php
Commission for Dark Skies website
Globe at Night
https://www.globeatnight.org/
Report on light pollution in your area
Dark Sky Discovery
https://www.darkskydiscovery.org.uk
Helpful tools to make use of the UK's dark skies
Meteor Map
https://tammojan.github.io/meteormap/
Map of all the latest meteor detections worldwide by the Global Meteor Network
Space.com
https://www.space.com
Space and astronomy news site
arXiv Cornell University
https://arxiv.org
Wide variety of scholarly articles about astronomy
Universe Today
https://www.universetoday.com
Space and astronomy news site
Astronomy.co.uk
https://www.astronomy.co.uk
Space and astronomy news site
NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day
https://apod.nasa.gov
A new and exiting astronomy image every day
Heavens Above Live Sky View
https://www.heavens-above.com/skyview/?lat=53.3977&lng=-2.317&cul=en#/livesky
Online planetarium with live views of satellites that may interfere with astrophotography
Interactive Sky Chart
https://skyandtelescope.org/interactive-sky-chart/
The Sky & Telescope's online interactive sky chart
Stellarium Web
https://stellarium-web.org
Online planetarium, like Stellarium's software
HRSC webGIS Mars map
https://maps.planet.fu-berlin.de
Map of Mars using satellite imagery
Solar System Trek
https://trek.nasa.gov
Maps by NASA of many objects in the Solar System
ESASky
https://sky.esa.int/
Visualise and download public astronomical data
NASA/JPL Solar System Simulator
https://space.jpl.nasa.gov
Gives an simulation image of the solar system/an object in it
Constellation Maps
https://www.iau.org/public/themes/constellations/
Sky maps of each constellation by Sky&Telescope and the International Astronomical Union
JPL Small-Body Database
https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi
Data for all know asteroids and many comets
Celestial Almanac
https://skyandtelescope.org/wp-content/plugins/observing-tools/almanac/almanac.html?latitude=53.398&longitude=2.317&tzone=0&UTdate=now&UTtime=now
Brief overview of astronomical info for your area by the Sky & Telescope
Heavens Above
https://www.heavens-above.com
Helping observe and track astronomical objects
Occultation Predictions
https://occultations.org/observing/occultation-predictions/
Predictions of occultations happening in the future
The Sky Live
https://theskylive.com
Data (like current apparent magnitude) on known astronomical objects
JPL CNEOS
https://cneos.jpl.nasa.gov/ca/
List of current NEOs and timings of close approaches
The Night Sky this Month
http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/astronomy/nightsky/
A guide to what's up in the night sky by Ian Morison
MrEclipse.com
http://mreclipse.com
Information for observing eclipses by the NASA Scientist Emeritus, Fred Espenak
Gravity and Orbits Simulation by PHET
https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/gravity-and-orbits
Gravity simulation where you can play about with the gravity of different object and see what would happen
ESA
https://www.esa.int
ESA website
NASA
https://www.nasa.gov
NASA website
IAC Talks
http://iactalks.iac.es
Talks by many speakers about astronomy based topics (some are in Spanish)
Clear Outside
http://clearoutside.com/forecast/53.40/-2.32
Astronomy forecast, including cloud cover, visibility and ISS flyover times
Alaskan Northern Lights Webcam
http://allsky.gi.alaska.edu
An amazing view of the northern lights daily
ISS Live Stream
https://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ESRS/HDEV/
Live stream from a camera onboard the ISS

PRACTICAL ASTRONOMY BOOKS

 

With help from "Best Astronomy and Astrophysics Books" Space.com, "Best Astronomy Books for Beginners" Telescope Adviser and "Best Astronomy Books" I Love the Universe. All accessed 15th July 2020.

Don't forget with a library card you may be able to access some books for free on Borrow Box (click here to look) or at your local library

Name
Author
Publisher
Description
Origional Cost
Atlas of the Universe
Patrick Moore
Philip's
Detailed informaiton on astronomy and its history, including maps and catalogues
£25
Celestial Objects for Modern Telescopes
Michael A. Covington
Cambridge University Press
Traditional and novel approaches to studying the night sky
£38.00
Digital SLR Astrophotography
Michael A. Covington
Cambridge University Press
How to photography the night sky with a digital SLR camera
£27.99
Exoplanet Observing for Amateurs
Bruce L. Gary
CreateSpace
How to observe exoplanet transits
€28.62
Guide to the Night Sky
Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion
Royal Museums Greenwich
Month-by-month guide to exploring skies above Britain and Ireland
£6.99
Lunar and Planetary Webcam User's Guide
Martin Mobberley
Springer
How to use webcams to image astronomical objects
€34.31
Mathematical Astronomy for Amateurs
E. A. Beet
W. W. Norton & Company Ltd.
Practical calculations for astronomers
£13.99
Night Sky Atlas
Robin Scagell and Will Tirion
Philip's
All the maps needed to learn your way round the night sky
£14.99
Practical Astronomy
Storm Dunlop
Philip's
Basic concepts of astronomy, lists of objects and star charts
£9.99
Spectroscopy The Key to the Stars: Reading the Lines in Stellar Spectra
Keith Robinson
Springer
All information to carry out amateur observational spectroscoopy
€21.11
Spectroscopy for Amateur Astronomers
Marc F. M. Trypsteen and Richard Walker
Cambridge University Press
Thoretical and practical elements of spectroscopy
£39.99
Star Ware
Philip S. Harrington
John Wiley and Sons
Guide to choosing, buying and using telescopes and accessories
£14.99
Stargazing Basics Getting Started in Recreational Astronomy
Paul E. Kinzer
Cambridge University Press
Covers information to get you started in astronomy
£14.99
Stargazing Beginners Guide to Astronomy
Radmila Topalovic and Tom Kerss
Collins
Introdution to the night sky and how to observe it
£9.99
Stargazing Month-by-Month to the Night Sky
Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest
Philip's
Month-by-month to the what to observe
£6.99
The 100 Best Astrophotography Targets
Ruben Kier
Springer
Guide to specifically target the best objects for amatuer astrophotographers
€36.39
The Art of Astrophotography
Ian Morison
Cambridge University Press
Essential details of how to produce good astronomical images
£29.99
The New Astronomy Guide Stargazing in the Digital Age
Patrick Moore and Pete Lawrence
Carlton Books
Principles of astronomy and practical observing techniques
£16.99
The Northern Lights Celestial Performances of the Aurora Borealis
Daryl Pederson and Calvin Hall
Sasquatch Books
How to photograph the aurora borealis
$19.95

INFORMATIVE ASTRONOMY BOOKS

 

With help from "Best Astronomy and Astrophysics Books" Space.com, "Best Astronomy Books for Beginners" Telescope Adviser and "Best Astronomy Books" I Love the Universe. All accessed 15th July 2020.

Don't forget with a library card you may be able to access some books for free on Borrow Box (click here to look) or at your local library

Name
Author
Publisher
Description
Origional Cost
A Brief History of Time
Stephen Hawking
Bantam Books
A journey from the beginning to the end of time, with clear language and in a succinct fashion.
£9.99
Asteroid Hunters
Carrie Nugent
Ted Books
The story of finding asteroids and using modern technology to save the Earth from the disaster one could cause.
£8.99
Atlas of the Universe
Patrick Moore
Philip's
Descriptions on eveything from the atmosphere to Jupiter moons to the messier objects.
£25
Brief Answers to the Big Questions
Stephen Hawking
John Murray
Easy to follow explinations to ten big questions.
£8.99
Catching Stardust
Natalie Starkey
Bloomsbury Publishing
Takes away misconseptions about comets and asteroids, and explores what they are and our evolving relationship with them.
£11.89
Death by Black Hole: And other Cosmic Quandaries
Neil deGrasse Tyson
W. W. Norton & Company
A blend of different topics about different parts of the universe, from black holes to the search for life.
£11.99
Facts from Space!
Dean Regas
Adams Media
Gathering together many mind-blowing facts about the universe as a great place to start your journey into space science.
£10.99
Finding Our Place in the Universe
Hélène Courtois
MIT Press
Journey to discover the Milky Way's location in the universe.
$24.95
Out There
Mike Wall
Grand Central Publishing
An exploration into the search for life, if we can make it to them and, if we could, their potential reaction of meeting us.
$27
The Planet Factory
Elizabeth Tasker
Bloomsbury Publishing
The story of exoplanets, their formation, how to detect them, and the search for the next Earth.
£9.99
The Universe
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet
A descriptive overview of the universe, from the Sun to exoplanets.
£22.99
The Zoomable Universe
Caleb Sharf
Macmillan
Explores the formation of many things from life to galaxies, and concepts like quantum theory, with the help of colourful illustrations whilst going through the universe, from large to small scale.
$28.00

MAGAZINES

 

With help from "Magazines and Journals" Sky & Telescope. Accessed 4th July 2020.

Don't forget with a library card you may be able to access some magazines for free on Overdrive (click here to have a look) or at your local library

Name
Publisher
Description
Origional Cost per Issue
All About Space
My Favourite Magazines
In-depth astronomical articles, maps and images
£4.99
Astronomy Magazine
Kalmbach Media
Observing tips, astrophotography, science and telescope reviews
$5.99
Astronomy Now Magazine
Pole Star Publications Limited
UK astronomy tips and space science articles
£4.50-£5.50
Sky & Telescope Magazine
AAS Sky Publishing LLC
Current celestial events, news, research, observing resources and astronomy equipment reviews
$5.99-$6.99
The Sky at Night Magazine
Immediate Media Company Limited & BBC Studios
Many interesting stories on astronomy and maps per month
£5.50

PODCASTS

 

With help from "Bingeworthy space and astronomy podcasts for those in self-isolation" The Sky at Night Magazine, and "15 space and astronomy podcasts that are out of this world". Salon. Both accessed 4th July 2020.

Name
Link
Hosts
Description
365 Days of Astronomy
https://cosmoquest.org/x/365DaysofAstronomy/
Various Astronomers round the world
Daily podcast about astronomy from people around the world
Astro Radio
https://www.astroradio.earth
Various People
Radio station with shows about everything astronomy related
Astronomy Cast
http://www.astronomycast.com
Fraser Cain and Dr. Pamela Gay
Weekly discussions on astronomical topics
Awesome Astronomy
http://awesomeastronomy.com
Ralph Wilkins, Jen Millard and Paul Hill
Explores current space science
ESA Explores
https://esaexplores.podbean.com
Various people
The official ESA podcast takes a look at various astronomy topics related to ESA
European Space Agency
https://soundcloud.com/esa
Various People
Lots of different and current topics about space are discussed
Hostile Worlds: Exploring Space
https://hostileworlds.net
David Ault, Collin Grey, Matthew McLean and Sarah Golding
Semi-dramatised travelogue around the hostile locations in the solar system
Jodcast
http://www.jodcast.net
Astronomers based at the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank
Monthly astronomy news, interviews and questions
Look Up!
https://soundcloud.com/user-429302439/sets/look-up-2021
Various people
Monthly podcast highlighting the important things to look for in the night sky that month
Main Engine Cut Off
https://mainenginecutoff.com/podcast
Anthony Colangelo
Weekly discussions on spaceflight, exploration, policy and strategy
NASA's Curious Universe
https://www.nasa.gov/curiousuniverse
Various people
NASA talks about various astronomy concepts and NASA activities
Naked Astronomy
https://www.thenakedscientists.com/podcasts/astronomy-podcasts
Richard Hollingham and Sue Nelson
Monthly astronomy news
Planetary Radio
https://www.planetary.org/multimedia/planetary-radio/
Mat Kaplan
Weekly news on space exploration, astronomy and science
Radio Astronomy
https://play.acast.com/s/radio-astronomy
Ezzy Pearson and Iain Todd
Latest space and astronomy news by the creators of the BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Small Steps, Giant Leaps
https://appel.nasa.gov/podcast/
Various people
Fortnightly chat with the NASA scientists and engineers that make it happen
Spacepod
https://www.listentospacepod.com
Carrie Nugent
Discussions on a part of the universe with an expert guest
The Actual Astronomy Podcast
https://actualastronomy.com
Chris and Shane
Regular podcast on practical astronomy
The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07dx75g
Hannah Fry, Adam Rutherford
Weekly podcast on science questions (including on astronomical matters) sent in by listeners
The Interplanetary Podcast
https://www.interplanetary.org.uk/podcast
Matthew Russell, Jamie Franklin, Julio Aprea, Crhis Carney, Harriet Brettle
Weekly podcast on space science
The Super-Massive Podcast
https://ras.ac.uk/podcast
Izzie Clarke, Dr. Becky Smethurst
Looking at astronomical history and the latest research every month
Travelers in the Night
https://sites.google.com/site/travelersinthenight/home
AI Grauer
Asteroid, comet, moon and planet updates

TELEVISION SERIES

 

With help from bbc.co.uk, and "Do you want to learn more about stars?". Under Lucky Stars. Both accessed 16th July 2020.

Name
Current Presenter(s) (all if discontinued)
Current Network(s) (origional if discontinued)
Description
Updated?
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage
Carl Sagan
PBS
Covers a wide range of astronomical subjects, including the origins of life and our place in the universe
1980
Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Fox, National Geographic Channel
Explaining what the subject has to offer in today's world after the leaps it has taken since 1980
2014
Cosmos: Possible Worlds
Neil deGrasse Tyson
National Geographic Channel
Latest planetary science and astrobiology
2020
Horizon
Various people
BBC Two
Monthly documentary series on the latest science stories, including some astronomical stories
Monthly
How the Universe Works
Mike Rowe
Science Channel
Latest science on various astronomical topics
Yearly series (January to March)
Star Gazers
Trace Dominguez
PBS
Weekly series on naked eye astronomy
Weekly
The Sky at Night
Chris Lintott, Maggie Aderin-Pocock
BBC Four
Monthly documentary series on the latest astronomical news and information on what you can see in the night sky
Monthly
The Universe
Erik Thomson, Gerrard McArthur
The History Channel, H2
Looks at many astronomical topics and explains them with computer graphics
2007-2015
Through a Wormhole
Morgan Freeman
Science Channel
Explaining the many astronomical topics and consepts, some relevant to the time
2011-2018
Wonders of the Solar System
Brian Cox
BBC Two, Science Channel
Each episode focuses on a different part of the solar system
2010
Wonders of the Universe
Brian Cox
BBC Two, BBC HD
Explinations of fundamental scientific principles and laws of the universe
2011

YOUTUBE CHANNELS

 

With help from Youtube and "20 Astronomy Youtube Channels For Astronauts". Feedspot. Both accessed 15th July 2020.

Name
Presenter(s)
Link
Description
DeepSkyVideos
Various People
https://www.youtube.com/user/DeepSkyVideos
Exploring deep space one video at a time
Dr. Becky
Becky Smethurst
https://www.youtube.com/c/DrBecky
Focus on what and how we know things about astronomy
ESA
Various People
https://www.youtube.com/user/ESA
Current astronomical news explained and missions shown
NASA
Various People
https://www.youtube.com/user/NASAtelevision
Current scientific endevours (like space missions) shown and astronomical questions explained
PBS Space Time
Matt O'Dowd
https://www.youtube.com/c/pbsspacetime/
Explaining big astronomy questions and the possibilities of science fiction
SciShow Space
Hank Green, Caitlin Hofmeister, Reid Reimers
https://www.youtube.com/user/scishowspace
Ground breaking discoveries explained and astronomical questions answered
Sixty Symbols
Various People
https://www.youtube.com/user/sixtysymbols
From the University of Nottingham, looking at a variety of astronomical and physics topics and explaining big questions
SpaceRip
Various People
https://www.youtube.com/c/SpaceRip
Big questions answered and current astronomical news explained
The Royal Institution
Various People
https://www.youtube.com/user/theroyalinstitution
Lectures on a range of scientific topics, inculding astronomy
UK Space Agency
Various People
https://www.youtube.com/user/spacegovuk
UK astronomy news and astronomical consepts explained

TWITTER ACCOUNTS

 

With help from Twitter and "15 Accounts for Space Nerds". Mental Floss. Both accessed 15th July 2020.

Name
Link
Description
@AstroADAS
https://twitter.com/AstroADAS
The official Twitter page of Altrincham and District Astronomical Society
@Avertedvision
https://twitter.com/Avertedvision
Pete Lawrence promotes various astronomical events along with some astrophotography
@BBCStargazing
https://twitter.com/BBCStargazing
Promoting the BBC TV programme and giving information on the latest astronomy news and weather
@BadAstronomer
https://twitter.com/BadAstronomer
Latest news and space images explained by Phil Plait
@ISS_Research
https://twitter.com/ISS_Research
Current NASA research and science onboard the space station
@Matt_Heverly
https://twitter.com/Matt_Heverly
Current news from inside Mars missions and NASA's JPL
@NASA
https://twitter.com/NASA
Latest NASA news on science and missions
@NASAExoplanets
https://twitter.com/NASAExoplanets
Latest news of the discoveries and science of exoplanets
@NASAHubble
https://twitter.com/NASAHubble
Latest Hubble news from NASA
@NASAVoyager
https://twitter.com/NASAVoyager
Voyager 1 and 2 latest news on use of the data and current data collected, as well as their position
@NLCalerts
https://twitter.com/NLCalerts
Alerts you to any sightings of noctilucent clouds, so you can predict their appearance
@RoyalAstroSoc
https://twitter.com/royalastrosoc
Latest astronomy news in the UK and worldwide
@SpaceX
https://twitter.com/SpaceX
Current news in the growing private aerospace manufacturer
@_SpaceWeather
https://twitter.com/_SpaceWeather_
Weather in space including aurora
@apod
https://twitter.com/apod
Daily image of the universe with an explination
@astro_reid
https://twitter.com/astro_reid
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman's look on current astronomy news
@astro_timpeake
https://twitter.com/astro_timpeake
1st British ESA astronaut Tim Peake's insight into current astronomical news and life on the ISS
@esa
https://twitter.com/esa
Updates on ESA activites
@lowflyingrocks
https://twitter.com/lowflyingrocks
When an object passes within 0.2AU of the Earth, @lowflyingrocks alerts you
@spacegovuk
https://twitter.com/spacegovuk
Latest UK efforts in space and UK space science

NEWLETTERS

 
Name
Link
Description
Astronomy.com Newsletter
https://astronomy.com/magazine/newsletter
Space news, along with astronomical events, members pics and offers.
BAA Alerts
https://britastro.org/baa-alerts
Alerts you to all the current transient astronomical events that need urgent observation.
BBC The Sky at Night Magazine Newsletter
https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/newsletter/
What to see in the night sky, tips on viewing, kit reviews and space news.
ESA Newsletter
https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/EUESA/subscribers/new?preferences=true
Newsletter on all current ESA activities and events .
FAS Newsletter
http://fedastro.org.uk/fas/publications/newsletter-back-issues/
FAS related news, alongside current astronomy related news (no email subscription).
JPL Newsletter
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/signup/index.php
Get all the news from NASA's JPL
Jodrell Bank Newsletter
https://www.jodrellbank.net
Latest news on events at Jodrell Bank (at bottom of page).
NASA Mars Newsletter
https://mars.nasa.gov/newsletter-subscribe/
Newsletter on all current science on Mars
NASA Newsletter
https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/hHN32CZ/nasagov
Newsletter on all current NASA activities.
Nature Briefing Newsletter
https://www.nature.com/briefing/signup/
Roundup of daily science news, including astronomy
New Scientist Space Newsletter
https://www.newscientist.com/sign-up/launchpad/
Weekly (every Friday) newsletter on current space related news
Science Daily Newsletter
https://www.sciencedaily.com/newsletters.htm
Newsletter of all current science.
Timeanddate.com Newsletter
https://www.timeanddate.com/newsletter/
Current astronomy news, from what meteor shower is happening when to what type of full moon it is.
UK Space Agency Newsletter
https://space.blog.gov.uk/subscribe/
Updates on all UK Space Agency activities.
arXiv Cornell University Newsletter
https://arxiv.org/help/subscribe
Current science in all areas from black holes to telescope design

RSS FEEDS

 
Name
Link
Description
ADAS
https://www.astroadas.space/blog-feed.xml
A direct link, giving your the latest astronomy/ADAS related news
ESA
http://www.esa.int/Services/RSS_Feeds
In the "Related Links" section is a list of 10 rss feeds, plus regional ones, relating to ESA operations
NASA
https://www.nasa.gov/content/nasa-rss-feeds
A list of RSS feeds relating to current science, NASA operations and podcasts
New Scientist
https://feeds.newscientist.com/space
A copiable link, giving you the latest space stories from New Scientist
Science Daily
https://www.sciencedaily.com/newsfeeds.htm
A list of RSS feeds to get the most up-to-date science.
Space.com
https://www.space.com/feeds/all
A direct link, giving you all the latest space related news
UK Space Agency Blog
https://space.blog.gov.uk/feed/
A direct link, keeping you up-to-date with the space agency's activities
Universe Today
https://www.universetoday.com/feed/
A direct link, alerting you to new astronomy related articles

TABLET/PHONE APPS

 
 
Name
Google Play
App Store
Microsoft
Amazon
Compatibility
Description
Price
AuroraWatch UK
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/aurorawatch-uk-aurora-alerts/id946141347
Apple
Aurora Activity
Free
Chirp
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.laserlabs.chirp
Google
Alerts you to gravitational wave events with a chirp sound
Free
Clear Outside
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.firstlightoptics.clearoutside
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/clear-outside/id921555752
https://www.amazon.co.uk/First-Light-Optics-Ltd-Outside/dp/B00TOFHROY
Google/Apple/Amazon
Astronomy weather app
Free
Gravitational Wave Events
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/gravitational-wave-events/id1441897107
iPhone
Alerts you to gravitational wave events with a chirp sound
Free
Heavens Above
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.heavens_above.viewer
Google
Astronomical events/satellite tracker
Free
Sky Live
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/sky-live-heavens-above-viewer/id693905898
iPhone
Astronomy weather app
Free
Star Walk 2
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vitotechnology.StarWalk2Free
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/star-walk-2-ads-night-sky-map/id1112481571
https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/star-walk-2/9nblggh4x49z#activetab=pivot:overviewtab
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vito-Technology-Star-Walk/dp/B00HZPDB3G/ref=pd_sim_nf_1?pd_rd_w=KVEmp&pf_rd_p=6957aab4-235e-4650-8a39-70066d8c4d19&pf_rd_r=RYABPRWFPGJSFM1DS50F&pd_rd_r=f9123244-f761-46eb-a72f-5c0174b0bfc5&pd_rd_wg=2pP39&pd_rd_i=B00HZPDB3G&psc=1
Google/Apple/Amazon (Star Walk)/Windows
Mobile planisphere
Free/£1.75 (Amazon)/£2.49 (Windows)
Stellarium Mobile
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noctuasoftware.stellarium_free
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Noctua-Software-Stellarium-Mobile-Sky/dp/B00H1MDH3W/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8
Google/Amazon
Mobile planisphere
Free
Xasteria: Astronomy Weather
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/xasteria-astronomy-weather/id985030722#?platform=iphone
Apple
Astronomy weather app
Free

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