AstroWeb: Astronomy History Resources

The maintenance of the AstroWeb database of astronomical resources has been discontinued on 10 July 2010; its contents is still available but represents the status of Astroweb at that date.

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Amateur Astronomy Web Guide
Astronomy Web Guide provides links to amateur and professional Internet resources for amateur astronomers or anyone looking for Astronomy information (students, teachers, parents...). Each web site listed includes a brief description. - Categories: education history

Astronomia Autodidacta (Colombia)
Astronomy resourses for beginners and amateurs in Spanish - Categories: misc education history society

Astronomy and Islam
A galaxy of astronomical links many with an Islamic flavour. - Categories: misc education history software

Astronomy of Many Cultures from Around the World
This is a new annotated listing of over 90 books, articles, and Web sites that deal with the astronomy of diverse cultures around the world. The readings cover the astronomical work and ideas of South and Central America, Hawaii and Polynesia, Africa, India, and Islamic countries. Also included are the astronomical ideas of the Native Americans of North America, issues relating to people of color in the United States, plus a small set of readings about Asian and ancient European cultures.
Most of the resources cited are nontechnical and can be used in introductory courses and public programs. A small number of technical volumes are included at the end for specialists. - Categories: education bibliography history

Atlas Coelestis (Felice Stoppa)
History of sky mapping directed by Felice Stoppa. [in Italian] - Categories: history

Digital Archive of Historical Astronomy Pictures (DAHAP)
A collection of images from the history of astronomy, for use in research and teaching. - Categories: pictures education history

Franz Niklaus König: Celestial atlas (1826) - Categories: history pictures

Free online ephemeris and software library
Online Solar System ephemeris. Free software library to read, write, and interpolate the NASA/JPL ephemeris files, written in C for Linux. Released under the Lesser Gnu Public License v2.1. The site also has educational information on the Solar System. - Categories: software education history

From Stargazers to Starships (Stargazers)
A collection of about sixty linked files, forming a self-contained course at the high school level on (1) elementary astronomy (pre-telescope), (2) Newtonian mechanics (3) Spaceflight and spacecraft. The material is presented in a historical framework with many side excursions and incidental connections, with many outside links. Also contains a 9-section "Math refresher", a section for the guidance of teachers, a template of a sundial with explanations, glossary and timeline.
It is an attempt to create a high-school curriculum which makes as much use of space and spaceflight as possible. - Categories: education history

Galileo Project
A web resource on the life and works of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642). - Categories: education history

Galileo astrologer
Special issue of the journal 'Cosmos and Culture' published from Bath Spa University (UK). It is a source-book containing all relevant primary and secondary-source material, including much translated from the Italian and Latin into English for the first time. - Categories: history

Great Astronomers (brief biographies)
General information about some famous astronomers. - Categories: history

Greek Astronomy (The Revival of an Ancient Science)
The Greek Astronomy subsection in the Mathematics section at the Library of Congress Vatican Exhibit - Categories: history

Greek Astronomy (extra) (Object Omitted from Exhibit)
The Greek Astronomy subsection in the Mathematics section at the Library of Congress Vatican Exhibit - Categories: history

History of Astronomy
The first general History of Astronomy pages on the Web. These pages are maintained by the Working Group for the History of Astronomy in the Astronomische Gesellschaft - Categories: history

Intijalsu (Archaeoastronomy)
Intijalsu is the name of a group of Chilean amateur Archaeoastronomers (study of astronomy in ancient civilizations). We study the astronomical characteristics of archaeological sites in South America and especially in Chile. We have now also widened our interest to Ethnoastronomy (study of astronomy in modern societies) which is necessary for a good and realistic understanding of these ancient civilizations. - Categories: history

Introduction to Astronomy
An introduction to astronomy and astrophysics. [in French and partly in Malay] - Categories: education history

INACTIVE LINK ? - 61 --- Kepler's Laws with Animation (Kepler, Brahe, Kepler's Laws)
Kepler's Laws are presented with animation. Included is a brief history of Kepler and Brahe. - Categories: history education planetary

Mythical Ireland - 5,000-year-old astronomy
Mythical Ireland explores the Stone Age in the context of astronomy, mythology and art, and reveals how the people of 5,000 years ago were master astronomers, confidently able to predict the solstices and the seasons, and acutely aware of the Metonic Cycle of the Moon and Precession of the Equinoxes. - Categories: history

Neptune correspondence archive (Neptune letters)
New web-database on discovery of Neptune correspondence: 440 letters archived on Filemaker-Pro -fully searchable, with summaries of each letter and first line. Collated by Nicholas Kollerstrom (University College London). - Categories: history

Views of the Solar System presents a vivid multimedia adventure unfolding the splendor of the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and more. Discover the latest scientific information, or study the history of space exploration, rocketry, early astronauts, space missions, spacecraft through a vast archive of photographs, scientific facts, text, graphics and videos. - Categories: education earth history other_astronomy pictures planetary solar space

Ritter Experiment - Discovering Ultraviolet
This easy, low-cost experiment will allow students to discover ultraviolet for themselves. It is ideal for a the classroom and for science fairs. This is a version of the original experiment in which Johann Ritter discovered that there was a form of light beyond the visible violet end of the spectrum. - Categories: physics education history

Rundetaarn (Observatory, music, exhibitions)
History of astronomy, Tycho Brahe, Ole Roemer. - Categories: history misc

Somnium (Chronology and History of Astronomy)
Astronomical Chronology. Astronomers. [in Spanish and English]. - Categories: history

INACTIVE LINK ? - 490 --- The Face of the Moon: Gallileo to Apollo
An Exhibit of Rare Books and Maps from the Collection of the Linda Hall Library.
An online version of an exhibition catalog that was originally published in 1989. The catalog was written by William B. Ashworth, Jr and it won the First Place Award in the annual competition sponsored by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Copies of the printed catalog are still available. - Categories: history

Tycho Brahe
Website that describes life and scientific work of Tycho Brahe. Maintained by the Tycho Brahe museum at Ven. - Categories: history

Venus Transits (Transits of Venus in the past and the future)
About the transit of Venus on June 8, 2004 and the importance of venus transits in the history of astronomy to determine the solar parallax. - Categories: history education

Views Of The Solar System
Views of the Solar System presents a multimedia adventure unfolding the splendor of the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and more. - Categories: education earth history other_astronomy pictures planetary solar space

Working Group for the History of Astronomy (in the Astronomische Gesellschaft)
The working group is open for all who are interested. Its membership is independent from that in the AG. - Categories: history society

Working Group for the History of Astronomy: Electronic newsletters (EMA/ENHA)
The newsletters contain announcements of conferences, exhibitions, new books, and other related material. They are available in the German original as well as in English translation. - Categories: full_text history

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