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Helpful websites handout

PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:55 pm
by melanie-black
A few weeks ago, I helped out with the star party at the Arboretum, and I created a flyer to hand out to give people some interesting and helpful website to check out if they got interested in astronomy. At tonight's meeting it seems that there are a lot of new members that can use this info too.

Apparently, I didn't actually save the file after I printed the original out, so I'll just transcribe the info here.

Solar System Scope is an online 3D simulation of the Solar system and night sky.
http://www.solarsystemscope.com/

Want to understand the motion of the Moon and what a big deal (or rather not) the "Supermoon" is all about?
http://cseligman.com/text/sky/moonmotion.htm

Heavens-Above is a useful site that will predict visible satellites that you can see from your location.
They have a really cool APP too.
http://heavens-above.com/

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
http://stellarium.org/

"Bad Astronomy"? Dr. Phil Plait debunks myths and misinformation in pop-culture and media (and there's a ton of it)
http://badastronomy.com
He has another site here with more info and links to his "Crash Course Astronomy" videos
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy.html

Light Pollution making it hard to see the stars? Not just you. Let's help solve it.
Texas Section of the International Dark-Sky Association (Texas IDA)
http://www.texasida.org/index.htm

Re: Helpful websites handout

PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:58 pm
by bram-weisman
Thanks, Melanie. Good stuff!

Re: Helpful websites handout

PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 12:14 am
by melanie-black
I went ahead and re-created the flyer, which I am going to attach here if anyone wants to use it for outreach or just to print out.

Info Flyer.rtf

Re: Helpful websites handout

PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 11:05 am
by steve-fung
Melanie, that's great! We cam add to it as new websites come along. It would be nice to have a HAS logo and QR code at the bottom, similar to the flyer that Joe put together.

https://www.astronomyhouston.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=489

Re: Helpful websites handout

PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 9:47 pm
by melanie-black
steve-fung wrote:Melanie, that's great! We cam add to it as new websites come along. It would be nice to have a HAS logo and QR code at the bottom, similar to the flyer that Joe put together.

https://www.astronomyhouston.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=489



The actual handout had the HAS logo at the top. I used the same image you see at the top of the forums page.

I checked the file I uploaded and it looks like the .rtf file isn't showing the image for some reason.

I don't know anything about QR codes or how to use them.