The Solar System

This section is divided into three main parts. Firstly, for general overviews of the solar system, there are many good multimedia tours. The second part highlights any current and/or recent things that are of interest with respect to the individual members of our system. Finally, there is a good selection of links concerning comets and asteroids.

General Resources

* Windows to the Universe
A NASA site with multimedia exploration of the solar system and more.
* Views Of The Solar System
Another good tour of the Solar System provided by the BBC, including clips from recent documentaries on the current thinking.
* The Nine Planets
An overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Also provides an extrnsive tour of the solar system.

Planet News


* Cassini Fly-by of Venus
Close up images of Venus as the Cassini spacecraft uses the planet to assist its journey to Saturn, from Astronomy Picture of the Day.


* Mars Pathfinder Fact Sheet
The mission is primarily an engineering demonstration of key technologies and concepts for eventual use in future missions to Mars employing scientific landers.
* The Mars Global Surveyor
Launched in 1996 to investigate Mars' surface features, atmosphere, and magnetic properties.
* Mars Global Surveyor finds Gullies
Suggesting that liquid water has seeped onto the surface in the geologically recent past.


* Jupiter's bombardment by Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
Images of the impacts produced by the fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, when it ploughed into Jupiter in 1994.
* Jupiter swallows Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
Detailed images of the aftermath.


* The Cassini Mission to Saturn and Titan
Launched in 1997, the Cassini spacecraft is on its way to Saturn via Venus, Earth and Jupiter.


* Uranus' New Moons
Two new moons of Uranus, provisionally known as Uranus XVI (S/1997 U 1) and Uranus XVII (S/1997 U 2), have been discovered.


* Dark Cloud in the Atmosphere of Neptune
Hubble finds a new dark spot on Neptune.


* Not much happening here at the moment, but NASA has plans for future missions.

Satellites and Space Exploration

* NASA Human SpaceFlight
NASA's main space exploration site, with links to the Shuttle and Space Station pages.
* International Space Station
Everything there is to know about the International Space Station. Includes real time graphics of where the ISS is in its orbit, and SkyWatch, NASA's calculator for predicting when satellites will be visible from your location.
Excellent (when you've got the hang of it) resource for calculating when and where satellites will be visible from any location on Earth.
Real-time tracking of hundreds of satellites, in both 2 and 3 dimensions!


* Asteroids
A great introduction, with lots of related links and resources.
* Pan starrs Survey
Details of a large effort to guard against the threat of asteroid and cometary impacts.
* 2000 SG344 Asteroid to Rendezvous with Earth in 2030?
Scientists have recently discovered a new object headed for a close encounter with Earth. It will occur on 21 September 2030.


* Elements & Ephemerides: Observable Comets
This page lists links to orbital elements and ephemerides of potentially observable comets.
* Comets and Meteor Showers
Information, links and a calendar of visible comets and meteor showers.
* Seiichi Yoshida's Home Page
An excellent personal page with information about observing comets and meteor showers, with many images.
* Periodic Comets
Lists of all known periodic comets.
* Comet Hyakutake Home Page
The great comet of 1996.
* Comet Hale-Bopp
A most memorable comet in 1997.
* Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
The spectacular comet that hit Jupiter in 1994.

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