Here we present a collection of tools and resources that we have found useful. Please let us know if you have something to add or if you find anything not working as expected.
- Stellarium – A wonderful multi-platform, open-source planetarium package.
- Cartes du Ciel/Sky Charts – An open-source planetarium/charting package.
- Celestia – The multi-platform space simulator that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions.
- Virtual Moon Atlas – A Lunar charting package that interoperates with Carte du Ciel.
- The Full Moon – Another Atlas that lets you get close up and personal with the Moon.
- Did you know that your Google Earth program has a tab for a sky view, and the Moon and Mars? Click on the planet on the top tab, a drop down box will give you your options.
- U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications – Rise and set times, lunar phases and much more.
- Heavens Above – Iridium Flares, comets, planetary data, charts and much more.
- Google Sky – Google maps for the sky. DSS, infrared, microwave, historical images along with Google Moon and Google Mars.
- NASA’s Eclipse site – All things eclipses, planetary transits across the sun, and other solar system information.
- Cometography.com – All things comets.
- StarDate Online – A wealth of information and StarDate Magazine from the good folks at The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory.
- Jupiter’s Moons Information – Find out the positions of Jupiter’s 4 Galilean moons currently or at any time in the future, a great web page at the Sky & Telescope web site.
- Lunar Eclipses for Beginners – What is a lunar eclipse and why do the happen, learn about that and more.
- Locate Lunar Eclipses – Information about where and when to view lunar eclipses
- Solar Eclipses for Beginners – Learn about solar eclipses.
- Moon base map – a printable map of features on the moon.
- Interactive ISS – for the 16th anniversary (2016) an interactive site with info on the ISS (see the Heavens-Above website above to track the ISS and go out to observe it going overhead. )
Clear Sky Clock
Other Clear Sky Clocks in Montana.
Solar Missions: list of past, current and future missions to study the sun
Solar Missions: List of all NASA solar missions
Space Weather : Basic information on space weather, auroras and more
Space Weather Live: More in depth data pertaining to the sun
Solar Ham : Information from above sites and more
Ovation Aurora predictions
The Sun Today: Lots of info and education regarding the sun and missions
Solar Monitor: Current and past data and pictures of the sun
Sunspots: Current data on sunspots
Helioviewer: Current solar data/images. Change the parameters (space scopes and wavelength) to make movies and look back at past events
SOHO website: Info and data from the SOHO mission
SDO website: info and data from the Solar Dynamic Observatory
STEREO website: info and data from the STEREO Mission
IRIS mission: Ties to MSU
MMS Mission: Ties to MSU
FIREBIRD Mission: Ties to MSU
MT Aurora Detection Network : From Dr. Joe Shaw at MSU
Aurorasaurus: – info on auroras and educational information on what causes the aurora
ACE website: info and data from the Advanced Composition Explorer
Heliophysics: resources on missions and education
Heliophysics educational resources
SMAS members list of favorites objects to find in the night sky:
Planets – depending on the season and which are up.
M57 – Ring Nebula
M51 – Whirlpool Galaxy
M27 – dumbell