Astronomy Education Resources

Links to a variety of our favorite resources for astronomy students, enthusiasts, and educators.  Quality sky maps for educators to use as handouts.


Heavens Above  A wonderful website that allows you to predict International Space Station, "Iridium Flare," and other bright satellite fly-overs for your specific location. Takes time to explore and implement, but well worth it.


IAU Constellation Charts and Pronunciation Guide  Official figure, boundary, and pronunciation guides for the 88 constellations. The images are technical, high quality, and freely usable under the Creative Commons license.


Starry Night Audio Pronunciation Guide  An extensive guide allowing you to see and hear the pronunciation for the constellations and hundreds of celestial objects like stars, planets, and asteroids.




Orion Telescopes and Binoculars  Perhaps the most ubiquitous telescope dealer in the world. Their online catalog, complete with beginner buying guides, is a treasure-trove of information whether you make a purchase or not.  Another online astronomy superstore for your consideration. Part of the Hayneedle family of retailers headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.


Cloudy Nights  The premiere online community for the astronomy enthusiast. They also run a wonderful "classifieds" section where you can find fantastic deals on astronomical equipment


Astromart  While Cloudy Nights is more-forum & less classifieds, Astromart is just the opposite, making it perhaps the best place on the internet to find pre-owned astronomical equipment.




NASA Solar System Ambassador Program Event Calendar of wonderful NASA sponsored events around the U.S.


Stellarium  A wonderful piece of "desktop planetarium" software. Best of all, it is free of charge.


Prairie Astronomy Club (Lincoln) and the Omaha Astronomical Society. Fantastic Eastern-Nebraska astronomy organizations.


Nebraska Space Grant  Funding opportunities for higher education, informal education, research, and teacher training. With Space Grant's Telescope Check-out Program, formal and informal educators to are able to borrow an automated 6" reflecting telescope or a small hydrogen-alpha solar telescope for up to two weeks at no charge. Email Branched Oak Observatory's own Michael Sibbernsen here for information.


Hyde Memorial Observatory  Wonderful weekly programming and Saturday hours all year. Located in Lincoln, Nebraska at the Holmes Lake Recreation Area.


Mueller Planetarium  Explore the wonders of the universe in Nebraska's finest planetarium. Located in the University of Nebraska State Museum, Morrill Hall.