View Full Version : What other good astronomy blogs are there?

Ken G
2007-Aug-21, 07:22 PM
Hello, I have had a request for a list of good astronomy blogs that are out there, in addition to this one. I don't really know of any others (this one already has plenty going on to stay on top of), so can people suggest other blogs/forums out there, along with their potential advantages or specializations? The target audience I have in mind is undergraduate astronomy majors.

2007-Aug-22, 03:57 AM
I recently stumbled onto this site (http://www.strudel.org.uk/blog/astro/index.shtml). Note the number of other blogs listed, too.

Of course, this Hobbit never really leaves the Shire; I would feel lost. Would you like one of my carrots?

Ken G
2007-Aug-22, 07:48 AM
Thanks George! Anyone else know any other good ones? Bad ones?

2007-Aug-22, 09:29 PM
cosmicvariance.com is run by particle physicists and astronomy professors. For the most part, they just talk about anything they feel like talking about (e.g., Deathly Hallows), but when they do talk about science, the discussions are first rate.

2007-Aug-23, 01:59 AM
Not sure what you count as a 'blog', but internet discussion fora even vaguely similar to BAUT are few and far between, IMHO ... provided you exclude those with almost no traffic (cosmic variance has already been mentioned).

The closest I know if is PF's Astronomy & Cosmology section (http://www.physicsforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=2). If you have the appropriate academic credentials, you could ask to join cosmocoffee (http://cosmocoffee.info/).

More down market is the NSL (Night Sky Live)/APOD forum, The Asterisk* (http://bb.nightskylive.net/asterisk/index.php).

Daily Brew (http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/Coffee/Archive/2007/) may also fit within the desired scope (just).

To suit what I understand to be Ken G's taste, though not explicitly about astronomy, I would recommend, quite highly, the HPS (History & Philosophy of Science) section (http://www.galilean-library.org/academy/viewforum.php?f=8) of TGL (The Galilean Library).

*Some readers may know, or be interested to know, that "Nereid" is an active participant in The Asterisk and PF, and a somewhat less than active participant in TGL.

2007-Aug-23, 07:44 PM
If you want forum boards, here a list I've pulled out of my Favorite Places:

This "Physics and Astronomy" forum is a sub-forum of the Celestia forum

This "Space maths & physics forum" is a subforum of the Orbiter Space Flight Simulator forum.

Nereid already mentioned this one. This "Astronomy & Cosmology" forum is a subforum on Physics Forums.

This is my forum on gravitysimulator.com

This "Space Exploration Discussion Forum" seems to have an ATM theme to it.

"Art of Problem Solving Forum"

"Rocket and Space Technology forum". This is Bob B's site.

"Astronomy and Cosmology - Science Forums"

"Extrasolar Visions"

SEDS forums

Unmanned Spaceflight forum

Math Help Forum
Systemic Forum, dedicated to using their software console to find planets hidden in radial velocity data.

Astro Chat

Ken G
2007-Aug-23, 09:09 PM
Thanks greatly ladies and gentlemen, that is just what I need to help introduce more students to the various internet forums and blogs. We can only handle so much of the load here!

2007-Aug-23, 10:29 PM
There is also Second Life that will impress any undergrad. In the International Space Museum (ISM) area, there are numerous displays, some interactive, and JPL has recently added a lot of new displays. Not only are there full-scale space rockets and spacecraft (eg Hubble Telescope), but there are interactive planetary displays.

I have been very impressed with what has been acomplished at the ISM and surrounding science "islands". [I have not been impressed with much of the risque rest, though there are stunning exceptions.] The ISM teleport coordinates are 48, 82, 24. If interested, let me know if you would like a list of astronomy related sites and coordinates.

Oddly, and it is unclear what I have said or done, but I am now an ISM staff member. Perhaps I could arrange a class tour with someone from JPL or an infamous heliochromologist, worse case. :)