Social media has broadened our access to astronomy and life off Earth. If you’ve dreamed of owning your own telescope and seeing distant lands, there are more resources than ever to help make your dreams a reality. Here are just a few options for budding armchair astronomers:
Photography enthusiasts can share their Flickr photos with Astronomy.net, contributing to astronomers’ knowledge base. Using photos from telescopes, cameras and even camera phones, astronomers can build a map of the sky to search for new discoveries, such as the birth or death of a star.
Part of the Kepler Mission and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planet Quest gives visitors a detailed look at our galaxy. Beautiful videos and interactive games detail the process of searching for habitable exoplanets.
Rent time on telescopes around the world and collect images of your favorite astronomical sights from the comfort of your home computer. If you’re looking to majorly up your nerd cred, this is an excellent option.
If space had a cable channel, Slooh might be it. The site broadcasts major astronomical events over the Web. If you can’t make it to that eclipse all the way around the world, Slooh is probably broadcasting it.
What other astronomy resources do you like? Share them with us in the comments.