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The following links are those with a scientific slant. I have not included such links as those going to Trek or Star Wars sites as most of these are on the Kasimar main site. These links are for those interested in science, mainly the space sciences. They are rated in a certain sense but mostly these are the opinion of your science officer.

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General Amateur Astronomy Magazines


In years past this magazine was the premier magazine for Astronomy and space research. But in the late 70’s competition from other magazines using color photos and less technical writers stole some of their punch and S&T as it is known had to adjust or die. They adjusted and survived but now they look like the other magazine. S&T is still the leader, but now it seem to me that they have compromised some of what made them great. But they are still the best when it comes to amateur astronomy.


Astronomy Magazine is Sky and Telescope’s main competition. Geared toward the casual and arm chair astronomers, Astronomy has lots of pretty pictures and most articles written are geared toward those with a high school or less education. This is not bad for most people do not have a professional physics or astrophysics understanding. This is a good magazine for most Trek fans.

General Space Sites


Not all space news is brought to us by NASA, some news is being made at observatories or research center like UCLA, Harvard and other colleges with major projects connect to the space program. This is an interesting site and it contains a lot of information. Some not always connected with space. For the most part I like this site.


Another space site that is not just from NASA. However, for me I am not a fan of advertising X-Files and the like as though sci-fi shows are part of real space science.


A largely technical site for those involved in amateur astronomy who use a lot of computer programs for their hobby. The site also contains forums on general astronomy topics as well as research news for those involved in astronomical research. (Yes amateurs do participate in some forms of astronomical research.) I have enjoyed what I have seen on this site, but in all my visits I have barely scratched the surface of what this site contains.

Government Space Sites

NASA http://www.nasa.gov

The premier site for the United States space program. Covers all of NASA’s space probes and research projects. Has links to all of NASA’s currently operating space craft and an archive of past achievements. I like this site a great deal because it has a great deal of information available along with links to the Johnson Space Center, the Jet Propulsion Lab and the Kennedy Space center to name a few. At the end of the first page is a listing for many of its current projects. This web site well set up. This site has links to other NASA projects so I will not list them all separately.

Professional Space Organizations


A professional and semi-professional site devoted to the study of variable stars. Variable stars is one area where the amateur can make a contribution. While the casual amateur can find something interesting here, there are areas that are really technical. I like this site as I have done variable star research in the past.

The NASA Astrophysics Data System http://adswww.harvard.edu/

This site is a site designed for those who interest in space science goes beyond a high school education. Simple in design but a bit complicated to negotiate because one almost needs a degree in library science. This data base complies four bibliographic databases containing more than 4.3 million records: Astronomy reprints in Astronomy. Proceedings from scientific conferences are included on this site and some papers from such scientific conferences as the Lunar and Planetary Conferences from 1973 until 1998. It is a very technical site more designed for professional scientist than for your typical sci-fi fan.
and Astrophysics, Instrumentation, Physics and Geophysics, and others. It is a good site for those interested in deep science.