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Welcome to Rob Hunt's Astronomy and Space Science Resources

This web page is a categorised list of space, astronomy and related web sites I've found valuable in my post-graduate studies.
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"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." (Sagan)

"Science is the poetry of reality." (Dawkins)

About me . . .

My Work Experience

2014 - WA Education Coordinator for the ATSE Extreme Science Experience
2014 - Logistics Assistant for the Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program
2013 - Science Education Enrichment Project Officer at University of Western Australia
2013 - Radio Telescope Assistant Engineer, Exhibit Maintenance Officer and Visitor Tour Guide at Gravity Discovery Centre
2012/13 - Voluntary Telescope Operator, Public Outreach Host, and Heritage Curation Group member at Perth Observatory
2013 - Teaching Associate for the Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program
2012 - Casual Relief Teacher at Ballarat High School
2011 - Mathematics Specialist at UBTec
2003 to 2010 - self employed Residential Builder
2005 to 2009 - self employed gourmet breakfast manufacturer
2002 - Mathematics and Science Teacher at Kyneton Secondary College
2001 - Mathematics and Science Teacher at Daylesford Secondary College
1998 to 2000 - Casual Relief Teacher at Sebastopol Secondary College
1999 - Swimming Instructor at Daylesford Primary School
1994 - self employed Vermiculturist
1986 to 1996 - Owner Builder private residence
1986 to 1987 - Technical Field Specialist at Rhone-Poulenc Agrochemicals
1983 to 1985 - Laboratory Assistant at Northcote High School
1982 - Agronomy Research Assistant at Bond Quarries, Western Australia
1982 - Environmental Consultant Research Assistant at LeProvost, Semeniuk & Chalmer, Western Australia
1981 - Delivery Truck Driver at Harrods, London

My Friends

* Astronomical Group of Western Australia - "...formed to provide activity and networking for amateur astronomers, with or without their own telescopes..."
* Astronomical Society of Western Australia - "...the premier astronomical society in WA since 1950..."
* Astronomy Education Services - "...dedicated to public outreach and education in astronomy..."
* Australasian Alumni of International Space University - Alumni and friends can share their news, thoughts and ideas
* Australia & New Zealand Space Groups - a list of space 'players' developed to augment a common discussion about our future in space
* Australian Space Research Institute - "...non-profit research organization since early 1990s run by volunteers developing a vision for Australia's space community..."
* Gravity Discovery Centre - public outreach facility of the Australian International Gravitational Observatory
* IceInSpace - "...Australian amateur astronomy, since 2004, dedicated to promoting amateur astronomy in the southern hemisphere..."
* International Astronautical Federation - "...connecting space people since 1951..."
* International Space University Alumni - "...a non-profit institution providing graduate-level training to the future leaders of the global space community..."
* Mars Drive - "...a vision of a sustainable, long term human and robotic presence in space and on Mars..."
* Mars Society of Australia - " is to position Australia for participation in the eventual establishment of a human presence on Mars..."
* - "...If you're interested in making humanity a multiplanetary species, please join..."
* Moon Society - "...non-profit educational and scientific foundation formed to further scientific study and development of the Moon..."
* National Space Society of Australia - "...a vision for the future of a space program leading to eventual space settlement..."
* Planetary Resources - "...bringing the natural resources of space within humanity’s economic sphere of influence..."
* Planetary Society - "...since 1980, inspiring and involving the world's public in space exploration through advocacy, projects, and education..."
* Secure World Foundation - "...Promoting Co-operative Solutions for Space Sustainability..."
* SkyNet - "...a community computing project dedicated to radio astronomy supported by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research..."
* Space Frontier Foundation - "...since 1988, people dedicated to opening the space frontier to human settlement as rapidly as possible..."
* Space Generation Advisory Council - "...represents students and young space professionals to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia..."
* Space Studies Institute - "...Our mission is not complete until people are living and working in space..."
* The Space Movement - "...Humanity must expand beyond the limits of Earth..."
* Space Renaissance Initiative - "...advocate and defend humanity's expansion into space as the most ethical task of the immediate future..."
* Stargazers Club in Western Australia - " online club especially for families and people interested in finding out what you can see in the night sky when you're at home..."
* Stirling Toastmasters - " build communication skills ... with regard to public speaking, through regular practice and supportive feedback in a friendly environment..."
* Students for the Exploration and Development of Space - "...believes in a space-faring civilization and focusing the enthusiasm of young people..."
* Swinburne Astronomy Online Alumni - fully online postgraduate degrees in astronomy

My Tickets

2014 - F Class bus driver licence from WA Department of Transport
2014 - WA Worksafe building site OH&S White Card from Blue Dog Training
2014 - PADI Advanced Open Water SCUBA certificate from Diving Frontiers, Western Australia
2013 - Sargeant At Arms at Stirling Toastmasters
2013 - PADI Open Water SCUBA certificate from Diving Frontiers, Western Australia
2012 - Host & Telescope Operator on public Star Viewing Nights at Perth Observatory
2012 - Graduate Certificate (Space Studies) from University of South Australia
2012 - Executive Certificate (Space Studies) from Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program from International Space University and University of South Australia
2012 - Working with Children Check from WA Department of Child Protection
2012 - Working with Children Check from Department of Justice Victoria
2012 - Prohibited weapon license for laser pointer greater than 1mW from Victoria Police
2012 - Endorsed Light-Rigid two-axel driving licence from WA Department of Transport
2012 - Registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching
2012 - Registration with the Teacher Registration Board of WA
2012 - Commercial passenger bus driving licence from Victorian Department of Transport
2011 - Graduate Certificate Science (Astronomy) from Swinburne Astronomy Online
2011 - Certificate IV Training & Assessment (TAE 40110) from BEST Community Development
2010 - Certificate Senior First Aid, Workplace Level 2 from Australian Red Cross
2006 - Certificate Food Safety Supervisor from BRACE Education, Training & Employment
2006 - Certificate Food Handling from BRACE Education, Training & Employment
2005 - Certificate IV Residential Building Management from Housing Industry Association
1999 - Graduate Diploma Computer Science (partial) from Edith Cowan University
1998 - Certificate Swimming Instruction from Austswim Australia
1997 - Graduate Diploma Education (Secondary Science) from Monash University
1996 - Chinese Cooking Certificate from Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre
1996 - Genealogy Research Certificate from BRACE, Ballarat
1992 - Graduate Diploma Land Rehabilitation (partial) from University of Ballarat
1982 - Bachelor of Applied Science (Biology) from Curtin University
1982 - Certificate Basic SCUBA Diving from Curtin University
1978 - Cocktail Bar Certificate from Australian International Catering College Perth
1976 - Certificate of Secondary Education from Churchlands Senior High School

My Scribblings

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Alade et al. (including Hunt, R.) (2012), Reach2020: Tele-reach for the Global South, ISU/UniSA 2012 Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program White Paper
Alade et al. (including Hunt, R.) (2012), Wiki - a deliverable for ISU/UniSA 2012 Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program
Hunt, R. (2012), (unpublished) The Potential for Observing Methane on Mars using Earth-based Extremely Large Telescopes 7.3 MB pptx file of final thesis for Graduate Certificate Space Studies from University of South Australia
Hunt, R. (2011), (unpublished) Looking for Extra-Solar Planets essay as partial requirement for Grad Cert Astronomy from Swinburne Astronomy Online
Hunt, R. (2011), (unpublished) Human Spaceflight mini thesis as partial requirement for Grad Cert Astronomy from Swinburne Astronomy Online
Hunt, R. (2010), (unpublished) Mars Science: Pre- and Post- Rovers essay as partial requirement for Grad Cert Astronomy from Swinburne Astronomy Online
Hunt, R. (2010), (unpublished) Life in the Solar System mini thesis as partial requirement for Grad Cert Astronomy from Swinburne Astronomy Online
Hunt, R. (2010), (unpublished) The Mystery of Gamma Ray Bursts essay as partial requirement for Grad Cert Astronomy from Swinburne Astronomy Online
Hunt, R. (2010), (unpublished) Solving the Solar Neutrino Problem mini thesis as partial requirement for Grad Cert Astronomy from Swinburne Astronomy Online
Hunt, R. (2009), (unpublished) History of Spectroscopy mini thesis as partial requirement for Grad Cert Astronomy from Swinburne Astronomy Online
Hunt, R. (1982), (unpublished) Growth Responses and Nutrient Uptake of Crops and Pasture after Liming. A dissertation submitted as partial requirement for the Degree of Applied Science in Biology from Curtin University

Useful mailing lists

SpaceRef - email list
ESA - email lists
NASA - email lists
NASA Astrobiology Institute - email lists
Space Engine - email list
Spaceflightnow - launch alerts
Vandenberg Airforce Base - launch alerts
SpaceInfo - email list
American Association for the Advancement of Science - email list
Square Kilometre Array Telescope - monthly updates
Spacex's - newsletter
Space Jobs
Space Careers

History of Astronomy and Space Exploration

Space Age Archaeology - a blog by Dr Alice Gorman
Apollo Lunar Surface Journals - transcripts for NASA
second-by-second Ground Loop and Houston - by Thamtech
History of Space Exploration - "There are things that are known and things that are unknown; in between is exploration."
Any Day In Space History - exhaustive list of events for any date
A summary - from University of California's Centre for Astrophysics and Space Sciences
Women in Astronomy - a terrific site from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
African-Americans in Astronomy - from
The First Astronomers - were Australian Aboriginals
Encyclopedia Astronautica - a fantastic site with categorised list of rocketry, space flight and astronaut history

Space Law and Policy

UN Office for Outer Space Affairs - home page
Australian Government Space Portal - home page
Australia's Space Activities Act 1998
Secure World Foundation
European Centre for Space Law

Writing an essay or researching a topic?

Aerospaceweb - terrific resource for aerospace answers
ApJ - The Astrophysical Journal guidelines for publishing and referencing - hosted by American Astronomical Society
arXiv - astrophysics e-prints from Cornell University and the University of Adelaide
Ask an Astrophysicist - from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre
Astronautics Now - also everything you ever wanted to know about space exploration
Astronomy lectures - 'Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology' from University of Tennessee
Astronomy Research links - from Swinburne University library
Astrophysical Calculator - from Chris Dolan
Astroweb - " ...a collection of pointers to astronomy-related information available on the Internet... maintained by... a collaboration involving 9 individuals at 7 institutions"
CDS - The Strasbourg astronomical Data Center in France with databases including Simbad, VizieR and Aladin
COSMOS - Swinburne Astronomy Online's astronomy encyclopedia
Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics - subscription purchase required
Google Scholar - not a bad place to start if you have no leads
Handbook of Space Astronomy & Astrophysics - a great online resource by Martin Zombeck
HST Search Form - search the Hubble data sets
Hyperphysics - from Georgia State University
Journal Abbreviations - recommended abbreviations for journals
The Universes of Max Tegmark - website of cosmologist, Prof. Max Tegmark, Physics Department, MIT
Russian Digital Text Library - use Chrome to auto-translate
Mission and Spacecraft Library - from JPL
NASAs National Space Science Data Centre - details about space craft, missions and experiments
National Space Science Data Center - NASA's archive of space data
NED - NASA/IPAC Extra galactic Database from Caltech and JPL
Open Aerospace - a free, open information-sharing web site on all things aerospace
SAO/NASA ADS - search millions of publications in this digital library operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Scholarpedia Astrophysics - a wiki clone with peer reviewed articles written by experts
Solar System Dynamics - from Jet Propulsion Laboratory - space news online
spaceflightnow - the latest news
SpaceRef - everything you ever wanted to know about space exploration
Spherical Trigonometry - from Wolfram Mathworld
Universe Today - Universe Today web site
Wiki Space - an astronomy wiki
Wordnet - Princeton University's online dictionary

Observatories and Projects

Australian National Telscope Facility - Parkes, Narrabri, Mopra, Tidbinbilla, VLBI & ASKAP
Mt Stromlo & Siding Spring Observatory - at the Australian National University
Perth Observatory - at Bickley, Western Australia
Anglo-Australian Observatory - "...provides world-class optical and infrared observing facilities..."
Gemini Observatories - Hawaii and Chile, offering whole sky optical and IR astronomy
Keck Observatory - "To advance the frontiers of astronomy and share our discoveries with the world."
National Solar Observatory (USA) - New Mexico and Arizona facilities
SKA - the next big thing in global radio telescopes
ESO - European Southern Observatory in the Atacama Desert, Chile
Deep Space Network - a global network of radio telescopes
SkyNet - uses your spare CPU time to analyse astronomical data (an ICRAR initiative)
SPIRIT - robotic telescope for Western Australian students (an ICRAR initiative)

Launches and What's On?

NASA's JPL Space Calendar - occultations, flybys, conferences etc etc
world launch ports -'s launch site page
Space X - what's happening at Space Exploration Technologies
Tanegashima - JAXA's launch facility
Arianespace - Ariane, Soyuz and Vega launches from Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana since 1980
Launch schedule - from spaceflightnow
Baikonur - cosmodrome launch facility


Handbook of Committee on Earth Observation Satellites - an exhaustive database of remote sensing satellites and their function
Heavens Above - online satellite position prediction plus other cool stuff
Universities and Research Centres - large list from Satellite on the Net
Satellite launch schedule - from Satellite on the Net
Commercial Satellite web links - a huge list of categorised links to companies in the industry


Earth Monitoring and Reference Systems - astronomical information from Geoscience Australia
Astronomical Almanac Online - "...precise ephemerides of the Sun, Moon, planets, and satellites, data for eclipses and other astronomical phenomena..."
US Naval Observatory - Astrometry, Astro Apps, Earth Orientation, Precise Time etc
International Meteor Organization - " since international scientific non-profit encourage, support and coordinate meteor observing"
International Occultation Timing Association - how, when and where to watch occultations
Skippy Sky - astro-weather forecast
Meteor Showers - how, when and where, by Gary Kronk
Your Sky - online planetarium to find out what your sky contains at any time
Satellite Tracking - where are they right now?
Space Weather - "News and information about the Sun-Earth environment."
Solar System Simulator - from JPL
Astronomy Picture of the Day - for those into pics

Astro Societies

Planetary Society - founded by Carl Sagan et al in 1980, "the largest and most influential public space organization group on Earth"
International Astronomical Union - since 1919
Nobel Prize - look up influential astronomers
American Astronomical Society - since 1899
Astronomical Society of Australia - since 1966
Chinese Astronomical Society - since 1922
American Association of Amatuer Astronomers - AAAA online since 1996
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - RASC since 1886 with over 4000 members and 29 centres across Canada eh

National Space Agencies

Australia's Government Space portal
Space Agencies - an exhaustive list of links from Satellite Links, in the UK
NASA - the USA's National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Missions - alphabetical listing of all missions with links to their specific web pages
TV - live ISS feeds, launches, educational and documentaries
Astrobiology - are we alone?
Planet Quest - Exoplanet Exploration page from JPL Caltech
Mars - Mars Exploration Program home page
Planet Fact Sheets - basic data for Solar System planets (including Pluto)
Solar System ephemera - the HORIZONS system for determining current ephemera
PDS - Planetary Data System cataloguing mission raw data
ISS - International Space Station
Roscosmos - Russian Federal Space Agency
Energia - S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation
ESA - European Space Agency
JAXA - Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency
ASI - Italian Space Agency
INPE - Brazil's National Institute for Space Research
CSA - Canadian Space Agency
DLR - German Aerospace Centre
CNES - French National Centre for Space Studies
ISRO - Indian Space Research Organisation
CNSA - China National Space Administration
SANSA - South African National Space Agency

Personal web sites

Bad Astronomy - Phil Plait's widely referenced astronomy web site dedicated to addressing astronomy misconceptions
The Worlds of David Darling - encyclopaedic knowledge base
Astronomy Online - Ricky Murphy's web site and blog
Wolfram Mathworld - Eric Weisstein's extensive math site
Rocket and Space Technology - orbital mechanics, launch vehicles, missions, and a forum by Robert Braeunig
Online Astronomy Text Book - by Courtney Seligman
Stars - by Jim Kaler at University of Illinois
James Schombert - University of Oregon astronomy site
Astrophysics - by J Tatum
Fourmilab - John Walker's astronomy and space web pages

Tourism and Education

Australian Astronomy - resources for studying astronomy in Australia
Open Culture - hundreds of free online university courses
Astronomy FM - astronomy radio, pics, pods etc
The Astronomical Tourist - Dr Chris Fluke's guide to global astronomy history sites
Kennedy Space Centre - buy tickets to watch a launch or tour the facilities - online astronomy degree from University of Central Lancashire - a list of astronomy podcasts
Victorian Space Science Education Centre - at Strathmore Secondary College, Melbourne, Australia
SAO - Swinburne Astronomy Online rocks!

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