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Return-path: <owner-tourbus@LISTSERV.AOL.COM> Return-Path: owner-tourbus@LISTSERV.AOL.COM Received: from listmail.aol.com (listmail.aol.com [126.96.36.199]) by gatecoms.gatecom.com (8.7.3/8.6.12) with ESMTP id EAA12269; Tue, 1 Oct 1996 04:06:23 GMT Received: from LISTSERV.AOL.COM by listmail.aol.com (LSMTP for Windows NT v1.0a) with SMTP id E2702F60 ; Tue, 1 Oct 1996 0:24:18 -0400 Received: from LISTSERV.AOL.COM by LISTSERV.AOL.COM (LISTSERV-TCP/IP release 1.8c) with spool id 5739704 for TOURBUS@LISTSERV.AOL.COM; Tue, 1 Oct 1996 00:14:35 -0400 Received: from spice.mhv.net (spice.mhv.net [188.8.131.52]) by listserv.aol.com (8.6.12/8.6.12) with ESMTP id AAA13602 for <TOURBUS@LISTSERV.AOL.COM>; Tue, 1 Oct 1996 00:14:33 -0400 Received: from mhv.net (email@example.com [184.108.40.206]) by spice.mhv.net (8.7.5/8.7.3) with ESMTP id IAA04024 for <TOURBUS@LISTSERV.AOL.COM>; Tue, 1 Oct 1996 08:28:22 -0400 Received: from localhost (bobrankin@localhost) by mhv.net (8.7.6/8.7.3) with SMTP id AAA20199 for <TOURBUS@LISTSERV.AOL.COM>; Tue, 1 Oct 1996 00:25:20 -0400 (EDT) X-Sender: bobrankin@csbh Mime-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII Approved-By: Bob Rankin <bobrankin@MHV.NET> Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.93.961001002243.13573E-100000@csbh> Date: Tue, 1 Oct 1996 00:25:06 -0400 Reply-To: TOURBUS-Request@LISTSERV.AOL.COM Sender: The Internet TourBus - A virtual tour of cyberspace <TOURBUS@LISTSERV.AOL.COM> From: Bob Rankin <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: TOURBUS /~~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~|~\ | "Why | Surf When / You Can | Ride The | Bus?" / | \ |__________|__________/__________|__________|__________/ | \ / /______|----\ | The Believer's Weekly mailing list from WorldVillage |//////| | | takes you on a tour of online spiritual resources. |//////| | | To join, send e-mail to email@example.com |//////| | | with SUBSCRIBE BELIEVER in the message body. |//////| | | |//////| | ~~~/~~~\~~/~~~\~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~\~~~~ \___/ \___/ T h e I n t e r n e t T o u r B u s \___/ TODAY'S TOURBUS STOP: Astronomy on the Internet (or "Geeks in Spaaaaaaaaace!") Today's Bus ride comes to you courtesy of my brother Tom Rankin, a Computer Programmer by day for IBM, and an amateur astronomer by night. Tom is Vice-President of the Mid-Hudson Astronomy Association, (http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/5679), and author of its web page. You can visit Tom's home page at http://www1.mhv.net/~trankin or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tom also does astro-photography, and has captured what he thinks is the trail of Comet Hyakupasta. But I've closely examined the film and well, it looks suspiciously like the home page of today's sponsor... *---------------------( THE NOODLES ARE COMING!! )-------------------* The Flying Noodle has a cool collection of gourmet pastas and sauces. Mention The Tourbus and we'll take $5 off your first order over $20. *--------------------( http://www.flyingnoodle.com )-----------------* ---Snip--- An Introduction to Astronomy on the Internet The sources of Astronomy information on the Internet are too numerous to even list in the space I've been given. Many Universities, observatories and other organizations, both amateur and professional, exist on the Web. This became very obvious when Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 crashed into Jupiter a few years ago. Data came pouring in almost instantly from all over the world, (even Antarctica!), and flooded the net with great images of the impact. There were movies, simulations, graphs, images and text, each describing this monumental event in a unique way. I noticed a few of the same images on TV one night that I had already seen on the Net! The same type of thing happened when Comet Hyakutake appeared in the sky last March. Astronomy can be conveyed with either images or words. Both are effective means of communication, and the Internet is perfectly suited for bringing pictures and data together onto one screen for an even greater impact. This article will tell you where to get both graphical and text-based Astronomy Information on the Internet. I'll include some links, and I'll leave some for you to discover yourself. There's plenty of search engines for you to explore, and you'll probably find even more that way than just by reading my article. Here are some Internet resources for Astronomy that I use regularly: USENET There are several newsgroups worth following, my favorite being sci.astro.amateur. As the name implies, here is where amateur astronomers can exchange information and ask questions to enhance their understanding of astronomy. Recently, we were discussing the Lunar Eclipse. Since the eclipse was largely clouded out where I live, I was interested in knowing how it appeared to other people. If you're more interested in cosmology, try sci.astro. (Warning! This group is filled with people who try to 'sell' their own peculiar ideas to anyone who will listen. This frequently creates a very low signal-to-noise ratio in this news group, but there is some good to be gleaned from it, if you know who to ignore). To keep up with what's going on in the various space programs, try sci.space.news. There are other newsgroups in the sci.space and sci.astro hierarchy; I'll let you check them out for yourself if you're interested. World Wide Web Some of the hot spots on the Web for Astronomy right now are: . The Hubble Space Telescope News Page, located at http://www.stsci.edu/pubinfo/Latest.html contains both text and images of the latest discoveries made by the HST, not to mention the best of past discoveries. . The Galileo Space Probe Home Page, http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo is updated every day with amazing images and other data from the Planet Jupiter and its moons. . The Comet Home Page, http://encke.jpl.nasa.gov/ where you can find the latest information on Comet Hale-Bopp and many other Comets. . Magazines: - ASTRONOMY Magazine, http://www.kalmbach.com/astro/astronomy.html is the web version of this hard copy Magazine. It's updated every week with astronomy news. - Sky & Telescope Magazine, at http://www.skypub.com/news/news.html is a magazine for the more technically advanced reader, but the Home Page is written so that anyone can understand it. . The Nine Planets, located at http://seds.lpl.arizona.edu/billa/tnp/nineplanets.html is an excellent introduction to the solar system (covering much more than just the nine major planets). I should know, I helped edit this Page! . For a listing of many Astronomy Clubs and other related organizations on-line, check out AstroNet, at http://www.rahul.net/resource/regular/clubs-etc/clubsetc.html . If you're looking for a used telescope, or if you have equipment you'd like to sell, try ASTROMART, at http://www.astromart.com Every time I've used it, I've received LOTS of responses! Software There are thousands of astronomy software programs available on the net. Check the FTP and shareware sites and search for 'astronomy'. One of my favorites is called SkyMap, which is shareware. It even has a Home Page. I'll leave finding this one to you, but I know that Yahoo, at http://www.yahoo.com can direct you to it. ---Snip--- Thanks, bro! See you all next time! --Bob ======================================================================= Sick and Tired of TechnoBabble? -----> "Doctor Bob's Painless Guide To The Internet" <----- ...explains it all in 145 painless pages. So don't be a Dummy... 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