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Eye on the Sky
It is easy to get fixated with outer space. It is mysterious, boundless and intricately linked with the destiny of the pretty blue bauble we call our home. So if you're curious about the universe, with its exploration and what lies beyond, here are some fantastic online properties that promise to keep you fascinated, and in awe.
The content of this site is categorized into sections such as news, spaceflight, search for extraterrestrial life, skywatching, etc. It has up-to-date data on space programmes, satellites orbiting the earth, space exploration, technologies - as well sterling audio-video content. www.space.com (also see www.nasa.gov and www.esa.int)
The Hubble telescope has been gazing deep into outer space for years. And this website is dedicated to all the fantastic images that it sends back to astronomers on earth. If you're interested, you can also download these images to use as your desktop wallpaper. www.hubblesite.org
Run by hobbyists, this is the website to follow if you are keen on watching the heavens. It details how to spot objects in the sky and regularly publishes reviews of telescopes and other tools that hobbyists can use for star gazing. Cloudy Nights even has a discussion forum where you can post your queries to other space enthusiasts. www.cloudynights.com
This one is for space nerds. The site covers technologies that power rockets and spaceships. It also tells readers about the science used in previous missions, lists the milestones in space exploration and explains why inter-planetary travel is so difficult. www.braeunig.us
UFO Watch, UK
UFO Watch, UK tracks each and every piece of information that it can connect to UFOs, while also offering details on some alleged "UFO sightings". Take everything you read here with a pinch of salt, but if you are keen on knowing more about the mysteries that surround 'aliens', this is a good place to start. www.ufowatchuk.co.uk
This official NASA channel on YouTube gives you the lowdown on space news, information about old and new NASA missions, videos from the International Space Station, as well as expert commentary on the myriad NASA projects and its technologies. www. youtube. com/user/NASAtelevision
Scientific American Space Lab
SASL describes itself as the place for 'the coolest space and science facts' - and if you watch its presentations, you're likely to agree. For example, there is a video that explains, with colourful graphics, how 'massive stars are born'. www. youtube. com/user/spacelab
Run by space enthusiasts, this channel keeps abreast of space news along with well-informed commentary. www. youtube. com/user/spacevidcast
@NASA: The official NASA feed.
@nasa_astronauts: The official feed for NASA astronauts.
@SpaceX: The official feed of SpaceX tourist programme.
@MarsCuriosity: Details the progress of the Curiosity rover on Mars.
@neiltyson: Follow Neil Tyson, an astrophysicist and author of several books on space exploration.
@SETIInstitute: The official feed of SETI, a project that's been using crowd-sourced PC computing power to search for aliens.
@BadAstronomer: A feed by Philip Cary Plait, an astronomer and science writer.
@AsteroidWatch: NASA's official feed dedicated to asteroids and meteors.
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