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Constellations and their Stars 
This Web site provides a brief history of constellations. It lists the 88 recognized constellations and when they are visible. Also on this page are some links to other relevant information about the stars.

The Constellations
This site lists the constellations according to northern, equatorial, and southern constellations. Included with each constellation is list of its brightest stars, a map of the constellation in the sky, and verbal description of it. Also included in the explanation is a brief mythology and history section.

The Constellations
All 88 constellations are listed on this site. Included on the list are several facts about the constellations as well remarks about whether the constellation is ancient or modern and references to mythology. A visual of each constellation is also included.

Database of 88 Constellations
This site includes a table of the constellations as well as their English names and various other pieces of information. For each constellation, this site provides a picture in the night sky with connecting lines so it is easy to see. A list of deep space objects is included in the constellation description. A brief history about each of the constellations is also included.

Heavens Above
Use this site to determine when satellites will be visible in your viewing area. Our latitude and longitude coordinants in Chapel Hill can be accessed by using the login "Morehead" and the password "sparky".

National Radio Astronomy
This site features powerpoint presentations and an image gallery as well as options for hands-on activitites.

Stig's Sky Calendar
Use the sky calendar to see both local and global sky events including but not limited to: sunrise, sunset, and twilight.

NASA Quest
A site created by NASA that offers profiles of NASA experts with stories about their work days along with audio/video programs over the internet, lesson plans, and student activities.

This site for grades 6–8 contains games to help teach students about the galaxy we live in, the Milky Way, and galaxies in general. There are also teaching tips, lesson plans, and images. Images for teachers

This site contains some stunning photographs of the Sun. There are also some explanations of how the Sun works and statistical facts about the Sun. Also included on this site are some links to other facts about the Sun.

The Virtual Sun
This site describes many of the important features of the Sun. Some examples of the information provided are how the Sun is powered, the effects of the Sun on the Earth, and how the Sun will eventually die out. All the information is accompanied by pictures and some of the features include video examples.

Stanford Solar Center
News of the day about the sun, as well as daily images of the sun, are available on this site. Also included on this site are links to interesting facts about the sun. There are also activities to explore some of the sun's properties. An "ask the astronomer" feature ensures that any lingering questions about the sun can be answered.

The Moon
This site contains some splendid pictures of the moon. It includes a brief history of the moon, including the important discoveries that have been made about the moon. There are also links to explain some of the most difficult concepts presented on the page.

Virtual Reality Moon Phases Pictures
Ever wondered why the moon appears to alter its shape? This site allows one to see the phases of the moon on any given day from 1800-2199 A.D. It also has a link to a page that explains why the moon appears to have different shapes.

Welcome to the Lunar and Planetary Institute: Exploring the Moon
The exploration of the moon is chronicled on this Web site. It begins with the decision to go to the move, includes the Apollo missions, numerous satellites, and then discusses future missions. This site offers general information about these missions and offers links to for further information. Also included at this site are some stunning lunar photographs.

Nova Online: To the Moon
This site has a neat interactive feature. There is a lunar puzzler quiz and lunar pictures that the viewer can zoom in on or look in 360-degree panoramas. There are also biographies included about some famous Apollo astronauts. Another option of this site is to explore the history of the moon including different theories of its origin.

Planetquest:Educator Resources
This site is a database of links pertaining to astronomy and educators' resources.