Bad Astronomy

Discusses common misconceptions about astronomy in the media and other sources. Includes narrative, sometimes humorous descriptions of misconceptions in astronomy with an explanation of what the correct idea is.


The John Bahcall Home Page contains solar neutrino materials including recent preprints, viewgraphs, software, and data. It also contains other recent preprints regarding different topics in astronomy and a number of popular papers on different astronomical subjects.

Baja Astronomical Observatory Library

BAKER, Norman H. ( Columbia Univ. )


Star clusters, galactic structure and dynamics, bioastronomy, science and human society. Co-author and editor of "Catalogue of Star Clusters and Associations".

BALBUS, Steven ( U. Virginia )

BALICK, Bruce ( Univ. Washington )

Balloon-borne Observations Of Millimetric Extragalactic Radiation ANd Geophysics ( BOOMERanG )

BOOMERANG is an instrument designed to measure anisotropies in the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation.

BANFIELD, Don ( Cornell )

BARBIERI, Cesare ( University of Padova )

Solar System, telescopes and instrumentation for space and ground-based applications.

BARKHOUSE, Wayne ( Toronto ) The following resources are similar (same sort-key, different text):

BARKHOUSE, Wayne ( University of Toronto )

Research interests: Galaxy clusters, luminosity functions, dwarf galaxies, and globular clusters.

BARMBY, Pauline

Observational extragalactic astronomy.

BARNES, Joshua E. ( IfA )

BARRETT, James W. ( Stony Brook Radio Astronomy )

BAse Solaire Sol 2000 - Meudon site ( BASS2000 )

A full disk archive of the Sun.

BAse Solaire Sol 2000 ( BASS2000 )

French national database for solar observations, created as a support for THEMIS data and in complement of the MEDOC database of space observations (SOHO). [in French]

Basel Theoretical Nuclear/Particle Physics and Astrophysics Group ( tNPA Uni Basel )

This is Quasar, the server of the theoretical Nuclear/Particle Physics and Astrophysics groups at the Dept. of Physics of the University of Basel, Switzerland. The server offers information on people, research topics, publications, and teaching as well as personal home pages and preprints. Research topics in astrophysics include nucleosynthesis, type I and II supernovae, nuclear astrophysics, nuclear physics far from stability, neutrino physics; other research interests are atomic physics and chaos. (For a full list, take a look at the server)!

Basel University Astronomical Institute

BASTIEN, Pierre ( Montréal )

BASU, Shantanu ( University of Western Ontario )

BAUER, Franz E. ( U. Virginia )

BAUER, Patricia ( CDS )

Be Star Newsletter

The Be Star Newsletter is a non-refereed electronic and paper journal that is published approximately twice per year. The Be Star Newsletter is open to all contributions (observations, theory, or other news) concerning early-type stars and especially hot, near main-sequence stars. The goal of the Newsletter is to foster communication between researchers interested in this field of stellar astronomy.

BEAULIEU, Sylvie F. ( IoA, Cambridge, UK )


BECK-WINCHATZ, Bernhard ( Univ.Washington )

Beijing astronomical Data Center ( BDC )

The Beijing astronomical Data Center (BDC) is maintained both by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Beijing Astronomical Observatory. The main tasks of the Center are collecting astronomical data and documentary information for Chinese astronomers to refer to, introducing Chinese astronomical data into world astronomical data system, exchanging data with other data centers.

Beijing astronomical Observatory ( BAO )

The Beijing Astronomical Observatory (BAO) is a comprehensive institute primarily engaged in astrophysics research. The observatory, with its headquarters located in Beijing, has five observing sites: the Xinglong, Miyun, Huairou, Shahe and Tianjin stations. The main research programs include stellar physics, extragalactic studies, solar physics, radio astronomy, atomic time and frequency service, solar activity prediction, artificial satellite observation and history of astronomy, as well as astronomical techniques.

Beijing Astrophysics Center ( BAC )

Jointly sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Peking University.

BELCHER, John W. ( MIT )

Belgrade Astronomical Observatory

BENDLER, Larry ( MSU )

BENEDICT, Fritz ( McDonald )

BENFORD, Gregory D. ( UC Irvine )

Bentec Multiplexed Hyperaspheric Optical Surfaces

Free optical software illustrating Multiplexed Hyperaspheric Optical Surfaces.



A planned ESA cornerstone mission to Mercury.

BeppoSAX Mission ( SAX )

The X-ray astronomy satellite BeppoSAX (Satellite per Astronomia X "Beppo" in honor of Giuseppe Occhialini) is a project of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) with participation of the Netherlands Agency for Aerospace Programs (NIVR).
In the framework of past and future X-ray missions BeppoSAX stands out for its wide spectral coverage, ranging from 0.1 to over 200 keV. The sensitivity of the scientific payload allows the detailed study over the entire energy band of sources as weak as about 1/20 of 3C273. This opens new perspectives in the study of broad band X-ray spectra and variability of cosmic sources.

Berkeley - Space Sciences Laboratory

HEAD The High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society. SPRG The Space Physics Research Group. SERENDIP The Search for Extraterrestrial Radio Emissions from Nearby Developed Intelligent Populations. HOU The Hands-On Universe Program. COBE The Cosmic Background Explorer. EAG The Experimental Astrophysics Group. ISI The Infrared Spatial Interferometer Group. CEA The Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Astrophysics. ORFEUS The Orbiting Retrievable Far and Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrometers and The Berkeley Spectrometer.

Berkeley Illinois Maryland Association ( BIMA - Hat Creek )

BIMA is a consortium consisting of the The University of California at Berkeley, The University of Illinois at Urbana and The University of Maryland at College Park which operates and maintains a millimeter-wave radio interferometer at Hat Creek, California.

Bernez's Homepage ( Astro )

Warning: contains some obsolete or mispelled links.

Bert Dekker's deep-sky pages

Astro-amateurs will find several drawings and observation-reports of deep-sky objects observed through a 6 inch Newton-telescope.


Besancon Double and Multiple Star Database

The aim of the Double and Multiple Star Database of the Besançon Observatory is to provide a set of specific informations, as complete as possible, for different kinds of binary and multiple stars: visual, spectroscopic, photometric, interferometric, astrometric, by occultation, etc.

Besancon Observatory

BEST, Jason ( Shepherd College )

Big Bear Solar Observatory ( BBSO )

This site contains daily images from our solar optical telescope at Big Bear, California. Fulldisk images for the current month. H-alpha, white light, and Ca-II K-line images are generally available for every observing day; Ca-II K-line fulldisk archive; H-alpha fulldisk archive; White light fulldisk archive; Current high-resolution region images; Programs to read FITS images on IBM PCs and Macintoshes.

Big Ear Radio Observatory ( Ohio State University )

Big Ear is a Kraus-type radio telescope which covers an area larger than three football fields. The telescope is famous for discovering some of the most distant known objects in the universe, and the longest-running SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) project.

Big Occulting Steerable Satellite ( BOSS )

The Big Occulting Steerable Satellite (BOSS) project is designed to provide improved resolution of closely spaced objects with comparable brightnesses (binary stars, microlensing events, ...) and to facilitate separation of dim objects from nearby bright objects (such as planets around stars).

Big Sky Astronomical Society ( Alberta, Canada )

The astronomical society for kids, their parents, and teachers. Lots of fun and educational web pages to explore, online projects, Adopt-A-Star, and more! (Vulcan, Alberta, Canada)

Binary Star Conferences in the near future ( list maintained at MPA )

Binary Stars

Free software for Macintosh computers, complete with manuals, for use in an educational setting or for self-learning. Teaches binary star concepts.

BinoSky - best bets for viewing the night sky through binoculars ( BinoSky )

A guide to the best bets for viewing the night sky through binoculars. Images and maps on consistent scales, with consistent exposures.

Birmingham Solar Oscillations Network ( BiSON )

The current status of the Birmingham Solar Oscillations Network - a global network for helioseismology. Additionally some recent results and publications are available. [site under reconstruction]

BJORKMAN, Karen S. ( Toledo )

BLACKMAN, Eric G. ( Caltech )

Theoretical Astrophysics.

BLAES, Omer ( UCSB )


BLANDFORD, Roger D. ( CalTech )

BLASZKIEWICZ, Leszek ( Torun Radio Astronomy Obs. )

Blick ins All ( news and more )

Daily astronomy and space news; calendar of space events; collection of astronomy essays; exhaustive list of astronomical instruments and projects [in German].


BOILY, Christian ( QMW College London )

PDRA in astronomy; Research interests: dynamics, hydrodynamics, star formation, YSOs.

Bologna Astronomical Observatory

Includes history, research activities, photos, preprints and a visit to the Astronomical Museum to view items from the collection.

Bologna Institute of Radioastronomy ( C.N.R. )

The Institute provides scientists with radio telescopes to study of the physics of radio sources. The Institute operates two stations, respectively in Medicina (Bologna) and Noto (Siracusa), with a total of 3 radio telescopes: The "Northern Cross" radio telescope (600 m x 600 m) for low frequency observations and 2 single-dish antennas (32 M), designed mainly for VLBI observations.

Bologna University - Department of Astronomy ( Italy )

Bologna University Astronomy Department - Library

Bonn University - Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research ( IAEF )

[in German]

Bonn University Observatory - Sternwarte der Universitaet Bonn

Observations mainly in the optical spectral range are used for galactic and extragalactic research. The Sternwarte operates the Observatorium Hoher List about 100 km from Bonn.

Bonn VLBI group ( GIUB )

The VLBI group at the Geodetic Institute of the University of Bonn (GIUB) has been persuing the use of Very Long Baseline Interferometry for Geodesy and Astrometry since the late seventies and is operating one of the few existing centers for the scheduling, correlation and postprocessing of geodetic VLBI observations.

BONNAREL, François ( CDS )

Bordeaux Observatory

Astronomical Observatory in Bordeaux, France. Research activities are in the following fields: astrometry, planet atmospheres, solar physics, and radioastronomy.


BORKOWSKI, Kazimierz ( Torun Radio Astronomy Obs. )

Boston University Astronomy Department ( BU )

Boulder, Colorado - Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences ( APS )

The Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences teaches and researches the areas of Astrophysics and Astronomy, Fluid Dynamics, Planetary Science, Plasma Physics, Solar Physics, and Space Physics.
The department is also affiliated with
Fiske Planetarium and Sommers-Bausch Observatory on campus.

BOURKE, Tyler ( CfA )

BOWEN, George ( Iowa State Univ. )

BOWER, Gary A. ( NOAO )

BOYCE, Peter ( AAS )

Interests: Electronic Publishing, SETI, Public Policy

BRANDENBERGER, Robert ( Brown Univ. )

BRAUN, Jochen M. ( Sternwarte Bonn )

Research Topic: Stellar populations and supergiant shells of the Magellanic Clouds.

BREKKE, Paal ( University of Oslo )

Brian Roberts' Space Hotlist

Source of lots of net related space links.


·      Extragalactic radio sources

·      VLA Development Plan

·      VLAPLAN software

·      Radio images

BRIEU, Philippe P. ( UCLA )

BRINKMANN, Jonathan ( NMSU )

Bristol Astrophysics Group home page

Links to the Astrophysics and Astrochemistry pursuits of the University of Bristol Physics and Chemistry Departments.

British National Space Centre (BNSC) - Space Index

Space-related resource database.

Broad Band X-ray Telescope ( BBXRT. GSFC. NASA )

The Broad Band X-ray Telescope (BBXRT) was flown on the space shuttle Columbia (STS-35) on 1990 December 2-December 11, as part of the ASTRO-1 payload. The flight of BBXRT marked the first opportunity for performing X-ray observations over a broad energy range (0.3-12 keV) with a moderate energy resolution (typically 90 eV and 150 eV at 1 and 6 keV, respectively).

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( BNL )

Brooks/Cole Astronomy Resource Center

Links which are useful to teachers and students of astronomy.Also, an Online Studyguide for the Wadsworth text: Foudations of Astronomy, Fourth edition, by Michael Seeds.

Brown University - Astronomy

Lists Faculty, Courses, Brown Observatories, etc.

Brown University - Observatories

Brown University ( High-Energy Physics Group )

BROWN, Michael ( Melbourne )

BROWNLEE, Don ( U. Washington )

BRULS, Jo ( KIS, Freiburg )

Radiative transfer; magneto-convection.

BRUNEAU, Chantal ( CDS )

Bucknell University Observatory

Bucks-Mont Astronomical Association ( BMAA )

Bucks-Mont Astronomical Association is an active astronomy organization of Bucks and Montgomery County colleagues in Pennsylvania. BMAA sponsors Stella-Della-Valley, the annual weekend convention held in October at a dark-sky observing site in upper Bucks County (Ottsville, Pennsylvania, about 40 miles north of PHiladelphia). BMAA numbers about 80 members.


Activity in Galaxies and Quasi-Stellar Objects, Formation of the Chemical Elements, Quasi-Steady State Cosmology. Editor, Annual Reviews of Astronomy & Astrophysics; Scientific Editor, Astrophysical Journal.

Bureau des Longitudes ( IMCCE - BdL )

The BdL (Institut de Mécanique Céleste et de Calcul des Ephémérides du Bureau des Longitudes) publishes ephemerides and performs research activities related to solar system objects, celestial mechanics and astrometry.

BUREAU, Martin ( Leiden )

BURKE, Bernard F. ( MIT )

BURROWS, David N. ( Penn State Univ. )

BURTON, Michael ( UNSW )

BUSCOMBE, William ( Northwestern Univ. )

Butler University - Physics and Astronomy

Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory ( Armenia )