There are plenty of great astronomy related websites, podcasts and other resources available on the Internet. Here we bring together some of our favourites.
Astronomy Podcasts (audio and video)
Note: most of these podcasts can now be heard via our Astronomy Media Player.
- Slackerpedia Galactica (US/Canada) - The podcast formerly known as Slacker Astronomy. In September 2006 it morphed into a monthly astronomy podcast. Play Slackerpedia Galactica in AMP
- Planetary Radio - a weekly programme from the Planetary Society; the world's largest space interest group. Play Planetary Radio in AMP
- Astronomy a Go-Go (US) - weekly astronomy podcast with extensive show notes. Play AGoGo in AMP
- Astronomy Cast (US) - the second podcast of Fraiser Cain (Universe Today) and Dr Pamela Gay (previously of Slacker Astronomy). Play Astronomy Cast in AMP
- Astronomy Ireland Radio Show (Ireland) - Although not strictly a podcast (no RSS feed) you can download all the shows broadcast by the National Astronomy Club of Ireland on Dublin City Anna Livia FM.
- Dans le ciel (Canada) - baladodiffusion des capsules en français sur l'astronomie. Play Dans le ceil in AMP
- StarStuff (Australia) - a weekly show from ABC News Radio.
- Sky Tour (US) - a personal tour of the night sky from the northern hemisphere.
- Universe Today - Fraser Cain interviews a range of physicists and astronomers. Play Universe Today in AMP
- Q and BA (US) - weeklyish questions and answerw with the Bad Astronomer aka Phil Plait. Play Q and BA in AMP
- SkyWatch (US) - a weekly conversation about astronomy from the nice folks at HubbleSite. Play Skywatch in AMP
- W.M. Keck Observatory (US) - from the W. M. Keck Observatory at Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Play W.M. Keck podcast in AMP
- Mountain Radio Astronomy (US) - from the world's largest steerable radio telescope (Greenbank, USA).
- Gemini Observatory Podcasts - podcasts from the Gemini Observatory. Play Gemini podcasts in AMP
- Chandra Observatory Podcasts - podcasts from the Chandra Observatory.
- NASA - a roundup of NASA's latest podcasts.
- Hidden Universe (US) - a video podcast (vodcast) from the Spitzer Space Telescope. They also have a podcast.
- Science@NASA (NASA) - the latest science news from NASA. There is also a Spanish language version Ciencia@Nasa.
- StarDate (US) - Short, daily astronomy programme from the University of Texas McDonald Observatory.
Podcasts by Observatories/Laboratories/Space Agencies
- Carter Observatory, New Zealand - home of the Jodcast's southern hemisphere night sky segment.
- eVLBI - high angular resolution observations of cosmic radio sources.
- Hubble Space Telescope (HST) - a 2.4m mirror in space gives some of the best views of the universe.
- JIVE - the Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe.
- Jodrell Bank Observatory - we couldn't leave this one out!
- Kepler - planet hunter.
- Mt John Observatory, New Zealand - located within an international dark sky reserve.
- Royal Observatory, Greenwich - home of the Prime Meridian.
- Royal Observatory, Edinburgh - Scotland's premier observatory.
- SOHO - the solar heliospheric observatory is run by ESA/NASA.
- Spitzer Space Telescope - observing the universe in infra-red.
- Swift - a gamma-ray burst satellite.
- Vatican Observatory - one of the world's oldest astronomical research institutions.
- Very Large Telescope (VLT) - the World's largest optical telescope array.
- SuperWASP - the wide-angle search for planets.
Resources for Kids
- Astronomy for Kids - Australian podcast (made by a Jodcast listener!) giving bite-sized explanations of topics in astronomy.
- A View of Outer Space from Your Window - resource of links to all sorts of easy-to-understand guides to our Universe (this happens to be hosted on a commercial website selling windows, to which we have no affiliation!)
- Farnham Astronomical Society - Farnham, Surrey-Hampshire border, UK.
- Macclesfield Astronomical Society - Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK.
- Manchester Astronomical Society - Manchester, UK.
- West Didsbury Astronomical Society - Didsbury, Manchester, UK.
- The Sky At Night - the classic astronomy TV show presented by Professor Chris Lintott.
- Bad Astronomy - Phil Plait finds bad astronomy in TV and movies and uses it to explain some good astronomy.
- Astronomy Picture of the Day - every day a new fantastic image.
- Stellarium - one of the best free planetarium programmes around.
- Southern Skywatch - a site that tells you what you can see in the southern hemisphere.
- Jonathan's Space Report - issued about twice a month. It describes all space launches, including both piloted missions and automated satellites.