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These links are to a wide variety of sources - non-profit organizations, commercial sites, educational institutions, amateur organizations and - a rarity these days - an occasional lone individual or group of individuals. Some may be less well-funded (they can't very well tax you) and lack the aura of authority of the "official sites", but they make up for that in creativity, energy and commitment. There are innumerable sites of this description, we list only some of the best that we have stumbled over. If you are of the opinion that we missed a good one, you know what to do. That's right. e-mail us. You have our thanks in advance. 


CMB Dipole: Speeding Through the Universe
Credit: DMR, COBE, NASA, Four-Year Sky Map. Source: APOD

The anisotropic spectral shift in the cosmic microwave background radiation indicates the Local Group is moving unexpectedly fast (about 600 km/sec.) relative to the primordial radiation. 


An extraordinary compendium of pointers to astronomy-related information on the Internet compiles by volunteers (the AstroWeb Consortium).
This compilation includes observing resources, data resources, research areas and the people involved in astronomy.
The Carnegie and California planet search site has a growing body of data on extra-solar planets discovered so far. The count now stands at 102.

Heavens Above
Rich source for amateur astronomers

Hypertext Textbooks
Astronomy and physics courses from the University of Oregon.

The Planetary Society
The Planetary Society was founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman to encourage the exploration of our solar system and the search for extraterrestrial life. The Society is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization involved in some interesting projects.

Student based educational site. Great educational material with current content.

Space Weather
News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, etc.
Commercial source for a variety of observing aids, including free downloadable sky maps for each month. 
Also look at the SFA star charts on our Observing Tools page.
Commercial source for space news, images. 
Also take a gander at  our Newsfeeds.

Professor Jim Kaler at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign has created a must-visit site with an amazing wealth of information on stars. His catalog of Stars of the Week has reached a count of  280 in June 2003.

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