Summary of Labs
Take a Solar System Tour
Heavens-Above website will show
you how to find planets, constellations, and satellites from almost any
location on Earth! Find out where to look to see an Iridium Satillite
flare from Lafayette this week.
The Mars Odyssey was
launched on April 7, and will arrive at Mars on October 24, 2001. The
Odyssey will look for evidence of water on Mars, map minerals on the
surface, and look at the radiation levels near Mars. To see the latest
images from Odyssey, look here.
See the latest images from the
Mars Global Surveyor satellite.
Very interesting high-resolution pictures, and recent updates!
The NASA Planetary Data System offers a really
site that allows you to create your own custom map of two planets and four
moons. You can zoom in on any area of interest on the surface of Mars,
Venus, our Moon, or three of Jupiter's Moons.
Check out the Chandra X-Ray Observatory
and see what there is to see with X-Ray vision.
On December 18, 1999, Terra was launched,
and continues to observe the Earth. Terra will monitor climate changes over
the next 15 years. This website has pictures of the amounts of carbon monoxide
concentrations around the world, fires, and wind speeds.
See how the
International Space Station is faring. You can even use
this link, to find
out when you can see the Space Station with your naked eye!
all the latest news. They also have a
schedule of the next few expected launch dates. Nasa's main
site is here.
Look for more news at the on-line journal
The Universe Today. They also
have a HUGE
list of astronomy-related websites.
Launched in 1989, the
Galileo Mission has been orbiting Jupiter since 1995. On January 3,
2000 Galileo passed by Europa, and found new
evidence that Europa has a liquid ocean. Also check out the
The Hipparcos satellite
was launched in 1989 and collected high-quality data on the precise positions,
parallaxes and propermotions of stars. In 1993 the mission was terminated
when all the missions goals were attained.
Learn about the Cassini mission to Saturn.
Launched in October 1997, it will arrive at Saturn in 2004 to survey
the moons and drop a probe on the moon Titan.
If you're interested in searching for alien life forms,
SETI is the home page for the
Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. You can also see the
that we broadcast to the globular cluster M13 in 1974. Don't worry
about this causing an alien invasion, though. Since M13 is about 21,000
lightyears away, they won't receive the message until around 22,974 A.D.,
and we wouldn't receive their reply until after 43,974 A.D..
The Bradford Robotic Telescope allows you to use (for free) a 46 cm
telescope located in England. For details, go to the
site and browse. After registering,
you can request that the telescope observe one of several common objects,
or can observe at a particular RA and DEC.