Online Resources

Astronomy Picture of the Day  (APOD) Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. Install the Picture of the Day automatic backgrounder program, and have your computer's wallpaper automatically updated daily as the PoD! (En francais a Ciel des Hommes.)

Portal to the Universe The web's best one-stop shopping for the latest news in astronomy and space-related features. Plus blogs, video podcasts, audio podcasts, images, and videos from international sources.

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) The national organization of amateur astronomers in Canada with local branches in every province.  Membership includes the essential Observer's Handbook. Beginners are always welcome! There is an active group in St. John's with monthly meetings. (Maybe interested amateurs would like to start a group in Corner Brook?)

Sky & Telescope Magazine Probably the best amateur paper magazine, but an extensive online site, as well - from beginners to advanced observers. Lots of resources and advice for those just getting started. News releases (updated weekly), observing charts and tips, and reviews of binoculars, telescopes, and astronomy books.


Fun and Free Space Apps

NASA app (available for Android and iPad) - provides access to a huge amount of information about NASA, its many missions and the cosmos, delivered via feature stories, photos, videos, live webcasts and more

SkyPortal app (available for Android and iPad) -shows you how to spot planets in the night sky from wherever you happen to be. Also contains an incredible amount of astronomical information about individual stars, galaxies, planets, and stellar evolution. Large for a smartphone app, but great for a tablet!

APOD app (available for Android and iPad) - latest images from NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day with an option to set as wallpaper

Stellarium app and also for home computer (PC, Mac, and Unix) - an excellent free planetarium program that can simulate the sky at any location for any date.


Resources for Teachers

Amazing Space uses the Hubble Space Telescope's discoveries to inspire and educate about the wonders of our universe. A starting point for online discoveries, images, homework help and teaching tools.

Classroom Launch Pad from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Activties for students from elementary through high school; an exciting, interactive and educational window into space.

Virtual Program in Astronomy from the Canada Science and Technology Museum.  Creative ways to teach astronomy and space science, with a Canadian connection. Contains downloadable activity ideas and lesson guide for Grades 2 to 12.

Skyways Astronomy Handbook for Teachers Skyways is ideal for teachers, youth group leaders, and anyone interested in hands-on astronomy education. Written by a Canadian with Canadian teachers and astronomy educators in mind. Instructions for hands-on activities on a wide range of topics including: Seasons, Stars, and the Solar System. Available in English or francais through the RASC.


Young Learners

The Space Place from NASA presents material on the Solar System, the Universe, and other space stuff. Produced by a collaboration of professional scientists and educators. Great site with interesting craft projects! The best of the very few websites for younger students (aged 4 - 14 yrs). 

Imagine the Universe from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre. Intended for students age 14 and up, and for anyone interested in learning about our universe. In a addition to in-depth articles, it contains scientist interviews, career advice, and "Ask an Astrophysicst". Enjoy your cosmic journey!