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This subject resource guide is available courtesy of Kali Morse ? 2009. She can be contacted at kalimorse@yahoo.com.

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BLOGS AND PODCASTS

Mountain Radio Astronomy http://www.gb.nrao.edu/epo/podcasts.shtml

A service of the NRAO, all podcasts are 20-30 minute audio interviews on a wide range of topics.

NASA Podcasts http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/podcasting/

Here, NASA provides both audio and video podcasts about NASA history, research, current events, etc.

Observing the Sky http://www.lpod.org/ots/

This daily blog written by Jay Brausch in North Dakota, Observing the Sky (OtS) was originally a NASA-funded project to guide viewers? personal observation of the night sky. OtS selects specific observing opportunities tied to current NASA discoveries and events in space, as well as to daily and seasonal changes of the heavens. The goal is for photons from spacecraft, planets, shooting stars and galaxies to fall directly onto viewers? own eyeballs and stimulate their consciousness.

Planetary Radio http://planetary.org/radio

Each week, Planetary Radio visits with a scientist, engineer, project manager, advocate or writer who provides a unique perspective on the quest for knowledge about our solar system and beyond.? All the audio programs are archived and available for free online.

CONFERENCES

Allconferences.com http://www.allconferences.com/Science/Astronomy/

This site provides the title, start date, city, country, and website link for upcoming astronomy conferences around the world; for instance the 10th Annual Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference in Wailea beginning September 1st, 2009.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). http://www.aiaa.org/content.cfm?pageid=1

AIAA hosts many conferences each year.? This site allows users to search for specific events and provides information about each.

MULTIMEDIA

Great Images in NASA (GRIN) http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/

GRIN is a collection of over a thousand images of significant historical interest scanned at high-resolution in several sizes. This collection is intended for the media, publishers, and the general public looking for high-quality photographs.? The library is searchable by subject, center, or keyword.

Google Sky http://www.google.com/sky/

To help users explore the far reaches of our universe, Google teamed up with astronomers at some of the largest observatories in the world to bring you a new view of the sky. Users can find the positions of the planets and constellations on the sky and even watching the birth of distant galaxies as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. This tool gives users the ability to view the universe at different wavelengths, to see how it would look if our eyes worked in the x-rays or infrared. Play with the transparency to blend between the different wavelengths and see how different parts of the universe light up at different wavelengths.? There are also podcasts available about what?s happening in the sky tonight and over the next few months.

Hubble Telescope Picture Album http://hubblesite.org/gallery/

View an expansive collection of Hubble images: planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and more ? all copyright free so they can be downloaded and professionally printed for users? enjoyment.

PATENT INFORMATION

esp@cenet Portal http://www.espacenet.com/index.en.htm

Europe?s network of patent databases; esp@cenet contains data on 60 million patent applications and patents, currently from 76 countries.? The site offers valuable step-by-step instructions for how to choose a database and searching within them.? Most of the documents offer bibliographic and abstract information in English.? Patents from the Japan Patent Office are available through the Japan database.

United States Patent and Trademark Office: Patent Full-Text and Full-Page Image Database

http://patft.uspto.gov/

Patents issued since 1976 and images since 1790 are available in full-text and online.? However while patents from 1790-1975 are available, they are generally not full-text and are only searchable by Issue Date, Patent Number, and Current US Classification.? There is a useful search tutorial.

WEBSITES & OTHER INTERNET RESOURCES

Night Sky Info http://www.nightskyinfo.com/

A simple but very useful site which gives clear information on planetary cycles and notable sky events, including details on the most important asteroids, comets, and meteor showers.? Although some of the information is intended for telescopic study, most of it is readily applicable to naked-eye observation and with finder maps included it is a tool for all amateur astronomers, beginners and experts alike.

Hawaiian Astronomical Society. Constellations: Stories and a Deep Sky Atlas

http://www.hawastsoc.org/deepsky/

The Hawaiian Astronomical Society Storybook and Deepsky Atlas is a long term effort to provide a good online atlas of the heavens, combined with photographs of significant objects, and their descriptions. A second goal involves mapping the sky, using the following plan: Each constellation will receive a wide area map. There follows more detailed maps of the constellation, beginning in its northeast quadrant, and moving counter-clockwise around the constellation.? A third goal involves telling the stories and myths behind the constellations.

International Year of Astronomy 2009 http://www.astronomy2009.org/

The International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) will be a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture, highlighted by the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei. The aim of the Year is to stimulate worldwide interest, especially among young people, in astronomy and science under the central theme ?The Universe, Yours to Discover?. IYA2009 events and activities will promote a greater appreciation of the inspirational aspects of astronomy that embody an invaluable shared resource for all nations.

IntroductionAtlases and BiographiesDatabasesJournalsObservatories and OrganizationsReference WorksWeb Resources

This subject resource guide is available courtesy of Kali Morse ? 2009. She can be contacted at kalimorse@yahoo.com.