Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research


Sites that may prove useful.

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Cornell Links

Links from the Cornell web site relating to studies in the Astronomy Department
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Journals and Newsletters

Journals and newsletters from within and outside Cornell that have featured documents from people affiliated with the Department and/or provide a source of data.
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Spacecraft Planetary Imaging Facility (SPIF)

Sponsored jointly by NASA's Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program and Cornell University, SPIF is one member of the international system of Regional Planetary Image Facilities (RPIFs) which function as libraries for planetary image data...
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Observational Databases

Databases are a powerful research tool and have had a significant impact on the efficiency of astronomical research.  Literature searches that previously would have taken days or weeks can now be carried out in seconds via the these search engines, many of which have been custom-built for astronomical needs.
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There are numerous groups devoted to promoting astronomy research and education.
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Ground-based observatories, located on the surface of Earth, are used to make observations in the radio and visible light portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Most optical telescopes are housed within a dome or similar structure, to protect the delicate instruments from the elements. Telescope domes have a slit or other opening in the roof that can be opened during observing, and closed when the telescope is not in use. In most cases, the entire upper portion of the telescope dome can be rotated to allow the instrument to observe different sections of the night sky. Radio telescopes usually do not have domes. For optical telescopes, most ground-based observatories are located far from major centers of population, to avoid the effects of light pollution. The ideal locations for modern observatories are sites that have dark skies, a large percentage of clear nights per year, dry air, and are at high elevations. At high elevations, the Earth's atmosphere is thinner thereby minimizing the effects of atmospheric turbulence and resulting in better astronomical "seeing".