How to Launch Your Web Browser: Ten Must-See Sites about Space that Will Change the Way You Think About The Cosmos

The universe is back in style. Millions of stargazers were made stargazers by lockdowns. We could be looking up at the sky from our backyards to see some constellations, or we could look out at the Moon through the windows. The increased time allowed for stargazing and a greater interest in the night skies and our place in it led to a surge of interest. This was something I saw with my own eyes. People were flocking to my articles on stargazing for beginners, NASA missions, and the science of space.

Two summers later, I’m still trying to bring you the best of a simple daily article that covers exactly what you need to learn, what to look for and how to interpret the most recent research by astronomers.

My research has led me to several websites that capture the beauty of space and what’s going on right now. These seven websites will take your web browser to outer space.

1. The Planets Today – A live view of our solar system

Do you remember that picture in your head showing the planets moving in a straight line towards the Sun? This illusion is meant to show how far the planets are from each other, but it has no connection to the actual star system. Cue The Planets Today. This is a drone’s eye view of where each planet is and where they will be on their clockwise journey. The website will help you to see the solar system in a new way.

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Sometimes, it is a skeleton crew consisting of three people on the International Space Station. Although the full roster is seven, four space tourists visited recently to change that. China’s Tiangong Station hosts three taikonauts currently on a long mission. Every astronaut in space receives a name, their nationality, their occupation, and the number of days they have been in orbit. They don’t include billionaires who spend 30 seconds in space on a Blue Origin capsule.

3. Scale of the Universe

The universe is composed of everything from a Planck to the whole. This interactive tool explores the scale and size of things in the Universe. The default representation of the 3D model is a teapot with a hummingbird, a shrew, and allows the user to scroll in and out to see the entire observable universe via stars and our Milky Way galaxy. It’s common to hear the expression “space is huge.” It is, in fact.

4. Dr James O’Donoghue’s YouTube Channel

Dr. James O’Donoghue is a planetary scientist who was previously employed by NASA. His YouTube-based animated will reward you with a wealth of information, including the sizes and speeds of the planets as well as the reasons for the seasons.

5. Spaceflight Now: Launch Schedule

What time is the next SpaceX rocket launch? This website provides a regularly updated list of orbital missions planned from spaceports around Earth. It is worth bookmarking to stay up-to-date on the latest developments. Download the Space Launch Now App to receive rocket launch updates, notifications, and links.

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It is impossible to live a full life without seeing a total solar eclipse. These rare events happen about every 375 years. However, the “Great North American Eclipse” which passed coast-to-coast in 2017 will be followed by a super-long 4 minute+ “totality” from Mexico, Texas, and the midwest to Canada on April 8, 2024. This ” Great North American Eclipse” will be the last until 2045. This amazing simulation by eclipse-chaser Dan McGlaun shows you what to expect on that big day. Get ready!

7. Date and Time: Night Sky Map & Planets Visible Tonight

You can find tons of free and paid software and apps that will act as virtual planetariums, allowing you to see what’s happening in the night sky. The Stellarium free software is great! This website by Time and Date distills all that into one page that defaults at your current location. The website will provide information about the Moon, planets, rise and set times, visibility and a virtual map that allows you to scan the night sky. It is much easier than stargazing and planetarium software.

I wish you clear skies, and big eyes.

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