The Solar System
- Asteroids, Meteors and Comets
- Meteors, Meteoroids, Meteorites
- Kuiper Belt and Oort
- Origin of the Solar
Home pages of the main solar system web sites used above:
- NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory (JPL): Solar System Exploration
- "Solar System Exploration" has been created by NASA to provide
an introduction to their exploration of the solar system.
Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
- GSFC is NASA's foundation center for Earth science. Its web
site covers topics such as glacier flow, earthquake forcasting,
global pollution monitoring, and hurricane tracking.
- NASA's National Space
Science Data Center (NSSDC)
- NSSDC is part of GSFC and has data and mission information on
space and solar physics, lunar and planetary science and
astrophysics. There are databases on a variety of topics such as
bow shocks and magnetospheres. In addition, ModelWeb provides a
model catalog and archive of atmospheric, ionospheric,
magnetospheric, and gravitation/geopotential models (here). For each solar system
object, the NSSDC page with external links has been included with
the internal pages. These pages provide a quick way to find all
kinds of information on the object.
Johnson Space Center
- JSC web site contains information on the moon and space flight.
Astromaterials Curation can be found here.
- Royal Observatory,
- The Royal Observatory's web site contains a very useful section
called Astronomy Fact Files which is divided into sections such as
the universe, the stars, and the solar system. Much of the ROG
internal pages content has been downloaded from the solar system
section. Astronomy Fact Files can be accessed from the menu on the
left hand side of the ROG home page.
Space Agency (ESA) Science and Technology
- ESA's Science and Technology web site is organized by mission.
Use either the site map or the solar system main page (here)
to navigate through solar system topics.
- Nick Strobel's
- Astronomy Notes is an excellent web site covering all
introductory astronomy topics.(here).
- The Nine Planets.
- The Nineplanets web site is an overview of the current
scientific knowledge of each planet and the major moons in the
solar system. At the end of each section, there is a very useful
list of related external web sites pertaining to the planet. In
addition, the 'Open Issues' section lists the current research
areas and controversial topics for each planet.(here).
- U.S. Geological Survey
- USGS provides information on science topics including Earth
characteristics, atmosphere and climate, geological processes,
natural resources, etc.
- Astronomy Picture
of the Day
- This site includes a selection of links to topical images from
APOD archives (here). In addition to
outstanding images, each APOD picture has external links related to
the subject of the picture.
Other solar system related external web sites:
- NASA's NSSDC
- High resolution images of planets and other astronomical
objects are available.
- NASA's Mar Exploration Home
- Mars missions, scientific results, live images, etc are found
- Fred Espenak's
Eclipse Home Page
- The main source for information about Solar eclipses and
planetary transits of the Sun. Contains huge amounts of information
about eclipses past and future, and is an invaluable resource for
- Views of the Solar
- "Views of the Solar System" is a multimedia tour of the Sun,
planets, and other solar system bodies. Included with the many
images and much text are lesson plans and activities which may help
in learning about the solar system. Also includes many mpeg files
showing various astrophysical phenomena, such as solar flares.
to the Planets
- "Welcome to the Planets" is a collection of many of the best
images from NASA's planetary exploration program.
- NASA's "Planetary Photo-journal" has been designed with the
purpose of providing easy access to the publicly released images
from the various Solar System exploration programs.
- Solar System
- "Solar System Dynamics" has been created by NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory to provide information related to all known
bodies in orbit around the sun.
- Solar System
- The "Solar System Simulator" is produced by NASA and Caltech
and allows one to simulate a view of one of the planets (or moons)
from another location in the solar system at a given time.
- Solar System
- "Solar System Live" is an interactive Orrery (mechanical model
of the solar system) on the web, produced by John Walker. By
entering the current date and time, one can view the positions of
the planets as seen from above.