The sidebar on my front page has a relatively short list of some favourite and/or useful links. Here is a slightly longer collection, with some explanation of what these beasties are. Slight updates : June 2009.
Working Astronomer Blogs
There is a slowly growing list of blogs by working astronomers. On the otherhand, some are slowing down in posting rate ..
We are all in the Gutter : a new shared-blog with some interesting posts.
Dynamics of Cats : Stein Sigurdsson at Ohio State. Lots of interesting posts but also funny. I like funny.
Leaves on the Line is an erudite and fascinating blog by well known cosmologist and CMB pundit, Andrew Jaffe, from Imperial College.
In the Dark is a blog by equally erudite cosmologist Peter Coles, from Cardiff. Keep up with the ballet and the football as well as comology. Peter is posting very frequently.
The AstroStat Slog A group blog dedicated to all things statistical. Now thats what I call fun.
Star Stryder is Pamela Gay at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) … she is into RR Lyrae stars.
Nebulium on Neith is Brown Dwarf Pundit Adam Burgasser at MIT. Seems to be slowing down, which is a a shame.
Sarah Askew is Sarah Kendrew, an instrumentation researcher in the Netherlands.
A Pacific View is a blog by Tom Kerr, a staff astronomer on UKIRT on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Tom likes Novae and is a UKIDSS stalwart.
Orbiting Frog is a fascinating and diverse web site with bloggy bits by Cardiff PhD student Robert Simpson, mastermind of the .Astronomy Conference.
Traction Lobe is a blog by Alberto Conti at STScI. There is quite a lot about Sky On Google Earth, to which Alberto has made some important contributions. Update : seems to have disappeared and Alberto has lost the domain..
Exploding Galaxies is Dave Strickland. Dave just lerves starbursts and superwinds.
Professor Astronomy is Kurtis Williams, an astronomer in Austin Texas.
A god called Fred Great title but erratic posting. Started stopped started and stopped. Come on Fred, I enjoyed reading it at least.
astropixie is Amanda Bauer, a researcher at Nottingham. That woman got some weird pictures on her blog.
Astro News and Journo Blogs
Most of these sites are secondary sources – aggregators, news spreaders, commenters etc, but they are full of beautiful stuff.
The Bad Astronomer is one of the very first astronomy blogs, and probably the world’s most popular. Phil Plait is an ex-pro, who used to work at Sonoma State, but he is now a full time writer. Phil’s site is a proper blog and an astro-news site all in one. You get lots of news at Phil’s site, but also a very personal style, lots of humour, and some campaigning. He is so relentlessly skeptical its almost a religion.
Universe Today is a very lively news site run by Fraser Crain. I think Fraser has a day job in the software industry somewhere on Vancouver Island.
Sky Mania is one of my favourites, a pro journalist site run by an old school chum of mine, Paul Sutherland. Paul used to be the science correspondent of the Sun (no really) and is now a freelance astro-journalist and cottage industry.
Tom’s Astronomy Blog I don’t know who Tom is, but its a great site…
Astronomy Cast This is a Podcast by Fraser Cain of Universe Today and Pamela Gay of Star Stryder.
The Jodcast. Really Really good. Check it out.
astronomy is a newsy blog by C.Marchesin in Brazil.
Will Gater’s Science Writing and Astronomy Will used to work on the magazine Astronomy Now but is now a freelance writer.
Quasar9 Dunno who this is, but more fun and pretty stuff. Calls himself “11D space surfer”. Hmmm.
Amateur Astronomer Blogs
There are probably about eight gazillion of these. Here are just a few I have drifted across and/or like.
davep’s astronomy This is Dave Pearson from Lincolnshire, an active astrophotographer and lively blogger.
The Way I See it (aka astrogeek) Jeff Burton’s blog – very nicely done and full of information, news, observing logs, astro help etc. Also notable in that it is not done with standard blogging s/w, but with a database and PHP scripts.
Vern’s Weblog A well known resource giving the Sky This Week. Vern has been at it for years and great amateur astronomy resource. Somewhere in Denver I think.
Through a Glass, Darkly is a blog and resource site by Alan Nelson.It has lots of cool stuff and software including an online mini sky-viewer. Last post was Feb 2008 – hope it re-activates. Update : still stuck at Feb 2008…
astroblogger is Ian Musgrave in Australia
Sometime soon I will make another page with general astronomy links … but here a few that are dynamic rather than static things ..
Jonathan’s Space Report compiled by Jonathan McDowell at CfA. A complete list of worldwide space launches twice a month. How does he find the time ?? Amazing. A unique world resource.