News stories of general astronomical interest can be found at:
- Sky & Telescope
- Universe Today
- Spaceflight Now's 'Breaking News'
- the BBC's Science pages
- press releases on this website
Maps of the night sky (as seen from northern temperate latitudes), and other information, are provided by:
More general facilities for sky maps are available from:
- and Heavens Above (who also provide information on artificial satellites).
HM Nautical Almanac Office (HMNAO) provides a range of astronomical information, from positions of celestial objects to eclipse predictions.
- HMNAO home page
- HMNAO: Eclipses Online: Solar and Lunar Eclipses, past, present and future
- HMNAO: products and services
If you want to 'buy a star' for a loved one, the IAU has some advice for you.
We have suggestions for starting in astronomy, and guidance on buying a telescope in our outreach pages. You can also find lists of astronomical image websites and e-journals.
The easiest way to see the International Space Station is by using NASA's 'by city' listings.
Educational resources can be found on this website or via the ESERO-UK database.
Amateur astronomy organisations and societies
Further comprehensive lists of resources
- Astroweb: Astronomy resources on the Internet.
Astronomical software (mostly) for home use
- Astrophotography Software listed by Sky & Telescope magazine
- Astronomy Software (freeware, shareware, and commercial software), compiled by Dan Bruton
- Astronomical Software on the Web listed by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
- XEphem (for advanced users; various platforms).
- IAU SOFA (algorithms and procedures for standard models used in fundamental astronomy)