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  • Science Reference Center
    Contains astronomy-related materials from magazines, science encyclopedias, and reference books. Search by keywords, subject headings, and "benchmark" categories such as "Earth & Space Sciences - Astronomy".
 

LIBRARY BOOKS

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New Jersey StarWatch - Mike Lynch, 2006
Call Number: NJ 522.09749 Lyn
Guide to the night sky designed for beginner and intermediate stargazers ages twelve and up. Includes monthly star maps for New Jersey’s northern latitude, and a local resource guide.

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Firefly guide to stars and planets - Sir Patrick Moore, 2005
Call Number: 523 Moo
Written for newcomers, half of the guide consists of maps of the constellations, and the other half contains the categories of celestial objects visible through binoculars or small telescopes.

NightWatch : a practical guide to viewing the universe - Terence Dickinson, 2006
Call Number: 523 Dic
"This long-overdue update of a classic handbook for amateur astronomers combines a text both meaty and hard to put down with a great array of charts, boxes, tables, and dazzling full-color photos of the sky." School Library Journal review.

Astronomy : a visual guide - Mark A. Garlick, 2004
Call Number: 520 Gar
Astronomy is custom designed to inspire stargazing. Twenty-four sky maps are offered for just such an eventuality. Otherwise, astrophysicist Garlick organizes the universe in a conventional but still beautiful manner, proceeding from the solar system outward to the multibillion-light-year depths probed by the Hubble Space Telescope

Origins : fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution - Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith, 2004
Call Number: 523.1 Tys
"This is the most informative, congenial and accessible general look at cosmology to come along since Carl Sagan's Cosmos 27 years ago...incorporat[ing] the latest cosmological developments, from string theory to recent thinking on dark energy." Publishers Weekly review.

WEB SITES

  • NJ Night Sky
    An online astronomy community, with forums, news, equipment reviews and classifieds.
  • This Week's Sky at a Glance
    Provided by Sky and Telescope.
  • The Sky This Month
    Provided by Astronomy Magazine.
  • Astronomical Almanac
    "An interactive utility that can calculate the position of any astronomical object for any time, date and location on Earth. It also provides details for the Sun, Moon and planets."
  • Interactive Sky Chart
    "Create a custom naked-eye map of the whole sky for any place on Earth, at any time of day or night, on any date from 1600 to 2400." From Sky & Telescope.
  • NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    The main site for NASA is the entryway to a huge amount of information in various formats, with sections for children, students, educators, the media, missions, news, and more.
  • HubbleSite
    Devoted to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Contains news; photographs of "stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae, and strange celestial phenomena" taken by the telescope; an FAQ; educational resources and games; and more.
  • Astonomy Picture of the Day
    "Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer."
  • astronomyLINKS
    Astronomy and space related links from around the world.
  • Virtual Reference Library - Astronomy
    An index of astronomy-related links provided by the librarians of Toronto Public Library.

ASTRONOMY CLUBS

  • Willingboro Astronomical Society
    Meetings on the first and last Friday of the month (except when holidays interfere), 7:30-9:30 pm, usually held at the St. Peter Celestine School in Cherry Hill; public education; star parties; in-depth training and experienced leadership.
  • Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton
    Meetings with lectures on the second Tuesday of the month (September through June) at 8 pm, usually at Peyton Hall on the Princeton University campus; workshops; use of the two club observatories; public outreach and regional star parties.
  • ASTRA - Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area
    Monthly meetings at the Ocean County College in Toms River; use of club telescope; student discount on admission to Planetarium shows.
  • Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers
    Meetings with speakers usually held the second Friday of each month at 7 pm in the Greater Plymouth Community Center in Plymouth Meeting, PA; telescope construction; star parties; newsletter, observing classes.
  • South Jersey Astronomy Club
    Meetings on the second Thursday of the month at the Upper Cape Branch (Upper Township), Cape May County Library; public sky watches; star parties.
  • New Jersey Astronomical Association
    Monthly meetings with speakers at the Edwin E. Aldrin Astronomical Center in Voorhees State Park; observatory; newsletter; star parties; annual BBQ.
  • United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey
    An umbrella organization for New Jersey area astronomy clubs; astronomy programs every Satruday evening from April through October; hosts a dark sky observing site at Jenny Jump State Forest near Hope, NJ.

PUBLIC TELESCOPES

  • Simpson Observatory
    Of the Amateur Astronomers Assn. of Princeton. Located in Washington Crossing State Park, several miles west of Pennington, NJ. Open to the public on pre-selected Friday nights April through October.
  • Joel N. Bloom Observatory
    Located at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, the telescopes are open daily, weather permitting, for daytime and nighttime viewing. Operated by the Institute's Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts.
  • Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory
    On the Busch Campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway; currently closed for renovation.
  • Paul Robinson Observatory
    Of the New Jersey Astronomical Assn. Located in Voorhees State Park, Glen Gardner, NJ. Open Saturdays 8:30-10:30 p.m., Memorial Day-October 31, plus fourth Saturdays in November & February.

PLANETARIUMS

  • Fels Planetarium
    Located in the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia; renovated in 2002 with state-of-the-art digital projection.
  • New Jersey State Planetarium
    Located in the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, NJ; currently closed for renovation but due to re-open soon.
  • Hayden Planetarium
    In the Rose Center for Earth and Space, at the Ameican Museum of Natural History in New York City.
  • Planetarium at RVCC
    New Jersey Astronomy Center for Education at Raritan Valley Community College in Somerville, NJ.
  • Robert J. Novins Planetarium
    Located in Toms River on the Ocean County College campus. Currently closed for renovation.
  • Alice and Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium
    New Jersey's first planetarium offers programs on astronomy, space exploration, constellations, and more. Located at the Newark Museum in Newark, NJ.

MUSEUMS

  • Rose Center for Earth and Space
    In the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Includes an impressive exhibit on the evolution of the universe.
  • Franklin Institute Science Museum
    "Space Command" is a permanent exhibit at this Philadelphia museum. It focuses on the equipment and methods of space exploration, both past and future.

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