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M31 and PANSTARRS Comet

The comet PANSTARRS and Galaxy M31, imaged by Brian and Robin Rice

Links to interesting websites

If you have found Astronomy sites that were helpful to you, let us know so that we can share them on this page so that others can benefit too.

The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory The SDSO came to visit us at Newton Stewart to bring their mobile planetarium for a great show, and we are hoping to arrange a visit to the Observatory at Dalmellington in the near future.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016. The annual results for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition with some stunning pictures to enjoy. This is on the BBC News website, but has a link to the original site with previous years' winners too.

Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park Dark Sky Parks are internationally recognised areas of very low light pollution, meaning very clear views of the night sky. Watch out for events in the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park.

Border News 20-Apr-15. This is a Border News report transmitted on 20-Apr-15, which includes an interview with our own members Brian and Robin Rice, while doing some stargazing in this area.

The Galloway Astronomy Centre website. A local site with great local experience, knowledge and photographs, run by Mike Alexander and well worth a visit.

Stellarium. Stellarium is a free, opensource and multiplatform planetarium program. Download and install it as a good way to learn your way about the night sky.

An Interactive Tour of the Solar System We are still discovering some of the different things that can be done on this site. Once you have done the tour, click the link to the homepage below the title to find lots of information about all parts of the Solar System.

Heavens Above An excellent site for finding out what's in the sky and visible now.

Sky and Telescope Another great site for news, reference, and all things astronomical.

The West Kintyre Stargazers An amateur club site similar to our own.

Bute Astronomical Club Another amateur club site similar to our own.

A Moon phase calculator This calculates the moon phase for your timezone, which is useful! It does require that the clock on your computer is correct though, as it uses this to set the timezone.

The Sky at Night The BBC have a range of interesting and informative pages, this one for the Sky at night program.

The BBC guide to the Solar System.

The BBC Stargazing Live page.

The BBC Guide to taking a beautiful photo of space.

The website of the Society for Popular Astronomy

The website of the British Astonomical Association.

The Distroastro website For those interested in the computer side of astronomy, this is a Linux based operating system with lots of useful astronomy related tools built in.



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