National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Subject: History of Astronomy: Observatories and other places
    History of Astronomy

University of Toronto

    Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Women in Astronomy

A new Chapter on the understanding of the moon

NASA today opened a new chapter in our understanding of the moon. Preliminary data from the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, indicates that the mission successfully uncovered water during the Oct. 9, 2009 impacts into the permanently shadowed region of Cabeus cater near the moon’s south pole.


Planets, Great Wall and Solar Eclipse

Credit & Copyright: e-mail Terry Cuttle Brisbane, Australia

This dramatic skyscape was recorded during the August 2008 total solar eclipse. The Moon's silhouette surrounded by a glistening solar corona hangs above the Jiayuguan Fort along the western edge of the Great Wall of China. Lined-up along the ecliptic plane, all the planets of the inner solar system, Mercury, Venus, Mars, (and Earth!) can also be seen along with Saturn and bright star Regulus, as the Moon's shadow tracks across the landscape.


Vatican Observatory

    Director of The Vatican Observatory :

        José G. Funes, S.J. 

Fr. José Gabriel Funes, S.J. (born January 31, 1963 in Córdoba), an Argentine Jesuit priest and astronomer, is the current director of the Vatican Observatory. He has a master's degree in Astronomy from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina and a doctorate from the University of Padua in Italy. He has also a bachelor's degree in philosophy from University del Salvador in Argentina and a bachelor's degree in theology from Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. A member of the Society of Jesus, he was ordained a priest in 1995. He joined the Vatican Observatory as a researcher in 2000, and was named its director on August 19, 2006 replacing Fr. George Coyne.


            Radio Vaticano: José Funes  (audio, in Spanish)


                                José Funes

    Past Director:

        Fr. George Coyne SJ.

The Vatican Observatory Foundation
    Research Highlights
    Public Talks and Media Presentations
    Calendar 2008
    Staff Announcements

    Vatican Observatory Headquarters



    Reports 1999


Vatican Observatory Summer School (2007)


The Force that through...

    Where poetry and biology meet and become rain bringing life and flowers to the sterile postmodernist landscape.

        Funes Speaks about Vatican Appointment


DESAYUNO CON... JOSÉ FUNES  (El País, 5 de diciembre 2007)
    No descarto que haya más seres en el universo por ENRIC GONZÁLEZ



Astronomy Abstract Service
California Institute of Technology  Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The international Astronomical Union (IAU)

International Catholic University

 Galileo Galilei


   "In question of science, the authority of a thousand

is not worth  the humble reasoning of a

single individual."

Galileo Galilei



    Galileo: Science and Religion (VIII Lessons) by William Carroll and Peter Hodgson

    The Legend of Galileo

    Galileo and the Renaissance

    Galileo the Physicist

    Galileo the Astronomer

    Galileo and the Inquisition I

    Galileo and the Inquisition II

    Galileo and the Inquisition III

    Galileo Theologian


Tel-Aviv University

    Science and Technology Education Center
       Knowledge Technology Lab
         Did Galileo have Proof of the Earth´s Movement?

Il Caso Galileo. Dalla Condanna alla Riabilitazione

    Annibale Fantoli, “IL CASO GALILEO. DALLA CONDANNA ALLA ‘RIABILITAZIONE’. Una questione chiusa?”,


The Caltech Institute Archives
Illustration in Johannes Keplers Mysterium Cosmographicum


Johannes Kepler´s Polyhedra




The Planets Op. 32 (1914-16)

    The Music of Gustav Holst


Constellation Families


    The Ursa Major Family T

    The Zodiacal Family

    The Perseus Family

    The Hercules Family

    The Orion Family

    The Heavenly Waters

    The Bayeer Group

    The La Caille Family


Gigantic Virtual Galaxy

    Your own solar system? Galaxiki is a fictional online galaxy created, maintained and owned by its Community Membership

Berlin Observatory


International Academy of Astronautics

TransRegio Winter School

    The aim of the school

The school is intended to stimulate the communication between the different branches of the collaboration and to start building a common knowledge. To do so, the lectures will be driven by the concept: "Theory for observers & Observations for theorists" as decided at the past Munich workshop.


Crescent Moon Visibility and the Islamic Calendar

    Provides brief description of the Islamic calendars and describes issues regarding sighting the crescent moon.

Phases of the Moon

    Moon phases for 2005-2015, or use the form to show moon phases for any year from 1700-2035.

Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science

    Torsten Hägerstrand: Time Geography. By John Corbett


Planetary science

    Barren land 

        Why Venus is lifelessNov 29th 2007


Cosmic rays

    They came from outer space 

        A 40-year-old mystery is solvedNov 8th 2007


Extrasolar planets

    The famous five 

        Five planets orbiting a distant star form a real alien solar systemNov 8th 2007


The International Astronomical Union

    The International Astronomical Union (IAU) was founded in 1919.  Its mission is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects through international cooperation.



    SAO/NASA ADS Astronomy Abstract Service (Contributions from the Mt. Wilson Solar Observatory, No. 27)

        Solar System Simulator






Moon Phases, January, 2008.

Planets Up and Visible This Month


The Caltech Institute Archive

Illustration in Johannes Kepler´s Mysterium Cosmographicum (1596) By permission of the British Library

    Related Articles: Kepler, Johannes : Astronomical work  (Encyclopædia Britannica)

        The ideas that Kepler would pursue for the rest of his life were already present in his first work, Mysterium cosmographicum (1596; “Cosmographic Mystery”). In 1595, while teaching a class at a small Lutheran school in Graz, Austria, Kepler experienced a moment of illumination. It struck him ...

Anno dell´astronomia


Si terrà a Firenze, dal 26 al 30 maggio, il Convegno internazionale di studi “Il caso Galileo. Una rilettura storica, filosofica, teologica”, organizzato dall’Istituto Stensen dei gesuiti di Firenze. L’inaugurazione – è stato annunciato oggi durante la conferenza stampa di presentazione delle iniziative della Santa Sede per l’Anno dell’astronomia - si svolgerà il 26 maggio nella basilica di Santa Croce, dove si trova la tomba di Galileo.