Andrew Fraknoi Andrew Fraknoi

Free Resource Guides for Astronomy Education

Updated on August 13, 2021 - 2:00 PM CDT
Posted on August 11, 2021 - 1:50 PM CDT

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Over the years, I have published topical guides to useful resources for astronomy education on a variety of websites, inculding those of several NASA projects. I got a request recently to consolidate the current guides in one convenient place, so people can find the (darn) things.  

So I have given each current guide a short URL and listed them all on one sheet.  

You can find the list now at: 

New among them are:

1. An updated guide to the work of women in astronomy that includes more people of color

2. A guide to copyright-free images of all Messier Objects

3. This Day in Astronomical History (listing 158 anniversaries you can celebrate)

4. Guide to resources on light pollution (including satellite swarms)

Also included are my guides to science fiction with good astronomy, Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, "Black Lives in Astronomy", short films to go with each major astronomy topic, debunking astronomical pseudoscience, etc.


On a personal note, I am tickled to report that Flash Fiction magazine in England has published my new very-short, astrobiology science-fiction story: "I Swallowed a Martian" and it is free to read at: 


  • Catherine McCarthy Catherine McCarthy

    Posted: August 13, 2021 by Catherine McCarthy at 2:00 PM CDT


    Many thanks so much for sharing all these in one place. We always appreciate your expertise!