Spring is here, and when this arrives at your email doorstop, summer will be around the corner! What this means, in the SciTech library, is recreational astronomers appear looking for answers. So next time an astro-newbie is attempting to check out a reference book on Deep-Space NGC Objects (when all they really want to know is what that bright star above the garage is each night), you can smile and say, "Let me show you some great online tools that will help find out which star, or planet, that is." All of these web applets are freely available and easy to use. When possible I have included information on their portability away from the computer, out to the night sky. Of course, mobile phones make portability a snap and development of mobile sky apps will be the subject of a later column.
"Web Reviews: Astronomy Star Gazing Tools,"
2, Article 16.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/scitechnews/vol64/iss2/16