Galactic Monitoring Portal

Resources on this page are being constantly revised.


Sun, Moon, Solar System

Deep Space (extrasolar)

Other Cool Science Sites


Weather & the Environment

  • Earth Observatory – A NASA educational site with loads of environmental data and images.
  • SeaWiFS Project NASA’s global ocean color monitoring mission called SeaWiFS (Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor. Provides quantitative data on global ocean bio-optical properties to the Earth science community. Subtle changes in ocean color signify various types and quantities of marine phytoplankton (microscopic marine plants), the knowledge of which has both scientific and practical applications.
  • NASA/MSFC GHCC – Interactive Global Infrared Satellite Data Selector – A
    current global composite satellite image from the infrared channels of four weather satellites in Geosynchronous orbit. (NASA Global Hydrology and Climate Center)
  • NESDIS Home Page
    the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, a department of NOAA. NESDIS acquires and manages the Nation’s operational environmental satellites, provides data and information services, and conducts related research.
  • National Snow and Ice Data Center monitors important indicators of climate change, including glaciers, sea ice, and snow cover.
  • Global Change Data Center The mission of the Global Change Data Center is to develop and operate data systems, generate science products, and provide archival and distribution services for earth science data in support of the U.S. Global Change Program.
  • NASA Earth Right Now. Another portal to NASA earth science missions.
  • Weather Underground Extensive weather data
  • Find the allergy pollen level forecast for your town.
  • EnviroMapper Find out where the toxic waste is in your neighborhood. From the US EPA.

Live Cameras and Ambient Sound

  • Live Cams – View a stunning selection of live animals, both in the wild and captive. From exotic California sea nettles, nesting raptors, and beluga whales to puppies and kittens.
  • Earth Cam – Worldwide webcam portal.
  • Around the World in 80 Clicks – A java-intense tour of live cams around the
  • Leonard’s Live Web Cams – Links to 3,000+ live cams from local traffic cams to beach cams.
  • WhaleLink – orca fm Live undersea audio from the coast of British Columbia. The links are not working as of this date and it appears the site has not been updated in a while. Good luck.
  • Audio Recordings of Great Works of Art – Art does not exist in a vacuum. When planning to visit the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, do you think it will be a place of quiet meditation? Find out.
  • Radio-Locator – From MIT, a searchable database of radio stations, many available on the internet, from around the world. A great concept, but many links are dead.
  • World Forum for Acoustic-Ecology – An organization that sponsors research and inquiry into the global soundscape.


  • Google Maps – Everyone knows this site because it’s the most comprehensive dataset of maps, satellite images, and street views.
  • Mapquest – A popular searchable road atlas.
  • The Degree Confluence Project – A volunteer project with global participation. The goal of the project is to visit each of the latitude and longitude integer degree intersections in the world, and to take pictures at each location. The pictures and stories are then posted here. Ultra cool.



  • Current Solar Data. Don’t go blind looking at the sun. Amazing current images from orbital and terrestrial observatories.
  • Current Solar Weather
Solar X-rays:Geomagnetic Field: >



  • SOHO sungrazing comet twins. On Tuesday, June 2, 1998, telescopes on board the SOHO spacecraft viewed two sungrazing comets following similar but not identical orbits, and entering the tenuous outer atmosphere of the Sun — the solar corona — never to reappear on the other side of the Sun. See the movies!
  • The Sun Today. Current images from solar observatories. The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) for the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is designed to provide an unprecedented view of the solar corona.
  • Solar-Terrestrial Physics Division of the National Geophysical Data Center. Solar-terrestrial data come to NGDC through a variety of sources, both domestic observatories and world wide sources under the World Data Center exchange program.
  • Space Weather Prediction Center from NOAA/NWS. Providing space weather alerts and warnings to the nation and the world for disturbances that can affect people and equipment working in space and on Earth.
  • Eclipse Home Page From NASA/Goddard.
  • Watch the Skies: Meteors, Comets, Eclipses, asteroids, and more from NASA.


Miscellaneous Science Sites

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