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Links to Astronomy Resources

Here are a few places around the web that we find valuable/useful/worth promoting. If you know of a site that you think belongs here, please tell us through our info form.
Astronomy Links
NASAThis is the mother lode of US Government space links. Get images, animations, video clips, and thousands of pages of information on various NASA missions, from unmanned to manned to future plans.
New Scientist Space NewsNew Scientist is a great magazine with a very readable style, as long as you don't mind the extra letters the Brits like to sprinkle into some of their words.
Astronomy Picture of the DayDiscover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
Frederick County Public Schools Earth and Space Science LaboratoryThe ESSL serves to enrich and extend the county's elementary (and, upon request, middle school) science curriculums. The general public is welcome to attend any of a variety of evening planetarium shows offered at various times of the year.
Montgomery College PlanetariumThe Montgomery College Planetarium offers evening programs throughout the academic year. All evening planetarium programs include a star party after the show, if it is clear.
University of Maryland ObservatoryThe Observatory hosts public nights on the 5th and the 20th of every month. On Open House evenings a guest speaker gives an approximately 25-30 minute talk about a topic in astronomy. The presentation is followed by viewing of celestial objects through the observatory's telescopes, weather permitting.
Astronomy Societies & Clubs
AstronomyClubs.comSearch For Astronomy Clubs, Planetaria, Space Observatories, and/or Museums across the US and around the world!
Anne Arundel Association of Amateur AstronomersThe Astronomy Club meets often to discuss about upcoming events, news, conferences, recent findings, and even historical facts; each topic is related to Astronomy.
Astronomy Enthusiasts of Lancaster County (PA)If you are just starting out in Astronomy and would like to learn your way around the night sky, or need help choosing a telescope, or if you are a seasoned amateur astronomer and would like to share your observing experiences and skills, you are sure to find friends within the AELC Club.
Astronomical Society of GreenbeltThe Astronomical Society of Greenbelt is an organization made up of people in and around Greenbelt, MD who are interested in astronomy. The group's objective is to educate people about the fascinating science and hobby of astronomy. Persons of all knowledge and skill levels are welcome to attend activities and join.
The Astronomical Society of Harrisburg, PA., Inc.The primary objective of this society shall be to promote the interest, education and advancement of its members in amateur (observational) astronomy. The Society also considers as important the education of the public in astronomy, astronomical research, space exploration, the fight against light pollution and other areas of interest that are closely related to astronomy.
Goddard Astronomy ClubThe Goddard Astronomy Club is an employee organization at Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Maryland. It provides a focal point for amateur astronomers in the GSFC community -- an amateur astronomer being someone who loves the sky, whether or not they get paid for it
The Howard Astronomical LeagueThe Howard Astronomical League is an amateur astronomy club located in Howard County, Maryland. They hold monthly meetings, conduct public star parties and provide community educational talks.
The National Capital AstronomersNCA is a non-profit, membership supported, volunteer run, public service corporation dedicated to advancing space technology, astronomy, and related sciences through information, participation, and inspiration, via research, lectures and presentations, publications, expeditions, tours, public interpretation, and education.
Northern Virginia Astronomy ClubThe Northern Virginia Astronomy Club is located in the state of Virginia. Their members primarily reside in the counties near Washington D.C. Their primary purpose is providing enjoyment and education to the public through amateur astronomy.
The Rittenhouse Astronomical Society (Philadelphia, PA)The Rittenhouse Astronomical Society offers all persons who are interested an opportunity to participate in the activities of an astronomical group at the laymen's level. The RAS site has extensive resources for learning more about astronomy.
TriState AstronomersThe TriState Astronomers are a group of amateur astronomers from the area surrounding Hagerstown, MD.
Westminster Astronomical SocietyThe Westminster Astronomical Society serves as the Astronomical Resource for Carroll County, Maryland. They have public star parties all around Carroll and the surrounding counties as well as other community service work to further educate the citizens of Carroll County about the great overhead nightly resource, our Milky Way.
York County (PA) Astronomical SocietyThe York County Astronomical Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the science of astronomy. The Society has special programs to showcase eclipses, meteor showers, comets, and other special events. The Society hosts numerous groups for private star parties, from Boy and Girl Scout troops, church groups, school classes, and company groups. They also hold two “Introduction to Astronomy” classes each year.
Associations to which we belong
International Planetarium SocietyIPS is the largest organization of professional planetarians in the world with members from almost every continent and over 20 affiliate organizations associated.
Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society MAPS is one of the oldest regional planetarium associations in the United States. Today, MAPS members represent some of the largest and best known planetariums in the world, as well as a vast collection of small and mid-sized public, private, and educational installations. Their membership welcomes and includes volunteer, part time, and full time planetarium operators, directors, museum specialists, and astronomy/science educators.
The National Science Teachers AssociationNSTA is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.
Vendors
Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc.This is the company from whom we purchased the Cosmic Adventures Digitarium Alpha projector and planetarium dome. If you decide to buy a system, please let them know you heard about them from Cosmic Adventures!
Loch Ness ProductionsLoch Ness Productions is an independent planetarium production company offering programs, images, and music for planetaria and other theatres as well as "space music enthusiasts."
Friends of Cosmic Adventures
Advancing ScienceThe science outreach program from Gettysburg College, where Greg worked for thirteen years. Advancing Science Mobile Educators bring many different science activities to schools in a six county region of south-central Pennsylvania.
Under the SeaUnder the Sea offers exciting and educational programs on the ocean, beach, Potomac river, Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay.
YoJoThe big, blue, wild and groovy creature called YoJo is essentially a seven-foot living cartoon character and was created to perform motivational and educational comedy shows for large groups of children such as elementary schools, festivals or malls.
Just for Laughs: with Modine the ClownModine the Clown brings laughs, face painting, and balloon art to your party or event. She can also arrange for Mrs. Santa Claus to entertain your guests while they eagerly await Santa's arrival!