Useful Links and Information

Astrophysics Group
Mullard Space Science Laboratory


Proposal Tools and Information
Agencies and Societies
Archives, Catalogues and Databases
Papers and Preprints
Pretty Pictures
"Virtual" Observatories

Proposal Tools and Information

Observing and Proposal deadlines
Chandra proposal information and tools
Chandra proposal planning toolkit (includes PIMMS, precession and date conversion software, and a Galactic nH calculator)
NICMOS Handbook Version 2.0
NICMOS Exposure Time Calculator
NICMOS Units Conversion FORM - useful for optical/UV as well as IR
OM Tool for Planning Observations with Point Sources - finds S/N ratio of point sources and issues warnings on exposure and magnitude.
OM Tool for Planning User Defined Science Windows - helps you to define and visualise your own OM Science Windows.
Co-Ordinate Tool - transforms celestial co-ordinates to galactic and elliptical co-ordinates

Agencies and Societies

ESA - European Space Agency - Astrophysics
GSFC - Goddard Space Flight Center
IoP - Institute of Physics
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
PPARC - Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council
RAS - Royal Astronomical Society
STScI - Space Telescope Science Institute

Archives, Catalogues and Databases

ARNIE - the ARchive Network InterfacE at Leicester
NVSS - NRAO/VLA Sky Survey
VLA Archive Database Interface
ROSAT source browser
Hubble Data Archive at STScI - includes the HST, IUE and VLA First Survey archives
For the ING Archive, start here, click on "applying for time", then on "archive data"
HEASARC archives
LEDAS - the Leicester Database and Archive Service
WGACAT - The WGA Catalogue of ROSAT Point Sources
NED - NASA Extragalactic Database
Starlink libraries available via the web

Astronomy/Astrophysics Groups

School of Physics and Astronomy, Birmingham
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University
Department of Physics, Durham
Department of Physics and Astronomy,University of Edinburgh
Department of Physics, Imperial College
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
HEASARC - High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center at GSFC
Department of Physics, Imperial College
Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
Physics Department at Keele University
Leicester X-ray Astronomy Group
Department of Physics, Oxford University
Astronomy Unit at Queen Mary and Westfield College
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State
School of Physics and Astronomy at St. Andrews
University of Southampton Astronomy Group
Physics and Astronomy at Sussex


XMM-Newton User Handbook
xmm go cd documentation
ASCA ABC guide
ASCA Getting Started Guide
The CHIANTI homepage - "A Database for Astrophysical Emission Line Spectroscopy"
The CLOUDY homepage - "Photoionization simulations for the discerning astrophysicist"
FIGARO - a general data reduction system, v 5.5-0 User's Guide
IRAF - Image Reduction and Analysis Facility
Molly (spectral fitting program) user guide and command list
local SPEX 2.00 manual - X-ray spectral fitting program written by Jelle Kaastra (SRON), particularly useful for high resolution XMM and Chandra data
XSPEC (X-ray spectral fitting program) manual
Zombeck's Handbook of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics
See also the list of manuals in hardcopy form which are currently available and their location in the Lab.


ASCA Guest Observer Facility
AAO - Anglo-Australian Observatory
European Southern Observatory
HERSCHEL - Far IR and Submillimetre Telescope
The Gemini 8m Telescopes Project
ING - Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Cambridge mirror site)
IUE - International Ultraviolet Explorer
James Clerk Maxwell Telescope
La Silla Observatory
Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
SAAO - South African Astronomical Observatory
UKIRT: Home Page
NRAO VLA - Very Large Array
XEUS - The X-ray Evolving Universe Spectroscopy Mission
Official (ESA) XMM Home Page
See also the observatories page

Papers and Preprints

Astronomy and Astrophysics on the Web
Electronic Edition of the Astrophysical Journal
ADS Astronomy Abstract Service
BIDS - Bath Information and Data Services
LANL - Los Alamos National Laboratory xxx-preprints archive
LANL xxx-preprints mirror at Southampton
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Pretty Pictures

APOD - Astronomy Picture of the Day
Pictures from NASA - from test flights to rocket launches and space walks
Hubble Space Telescope images and press releases
University of Alabama Astronomical Image Galleries
The Chandra Public Information pages are also a good source of pictures and information

"Virtual" Observatories

APM Sky Catalogues
STScI Digitized Sky Survey


International Astronomy Meetings
StarHeads - Astronomers and Related People - a searchable directory of personal WWW pages
Niel Brandt's web pages at Penn State - well worth a look!
The Greatest Color converter utility in the World (allegedly)
Getting the train? Railtrack travel information - tells you the fastest route
Or travelling by car?The RAC route planner will give you the fastest and shortest routes, as well as traffic information
Flying? Go to expedia for flight deals

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