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The Question

(Submitted September 10, 1997)

I would like to know how I can receive email about the latest events and news notes. I have a general interest in astronomy. Where do you buy astronomy calendars and pictures?

The Answer

There are many ways to receive email about the latest events and news in astronomy.

You can get the latest news and information about NASA by subscribing to NASA News Briefs. You can request to be put on the mailing list by sending email to

In addition, there are a few other astronomy related organizations that advertise free email subscriptions. (We grabbed this information off the Usenet group


The September issue of SpaceViews, an online publication of space science, technology, and policy, is now available. This month's issue includes:

  • Reports on Planetfest '97 and the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences Conference;
  • MoonLink: bringing space missions to schools;
  • The latest on Mir, Mars Pathfinder, and other space news;
  • Book reviews;
  • And more news, articles, and special features! The September issue is available on the Web at

    Visit the SpaceViews Web site at:

    for more information on the publication, including how to get a free e-mail subscription. Any questions or comments about SpaceViews can be directed to the editor, Jeff Foust, at

    S&T Weekly News Bulletin and Sky at a Glance

    In response to numerous requests, and in cooperation with the Astronomical League and the American Association of Amateur Astronomers, S&T's Weekly News Bulletin and Sky at a Glance are available via electronic mailing list too. For a free subscription, send e-mail to and put the word "join" on the first line of the body of the message. To unsubscribe, send e-mail to and put the word "unjoin" on the first line of the body of the message.

    (S&T stands for Sky and Telescope)

    Further, one of our web sites that is updated daily and which you may find interesting is the Astronomy Picture of the Day:

    For getting astronomy merchandise, check your nearest planetarium or science center. A place we particularly like in Ontario is the Ontario Science Center in Toronto. (Yes, some of us have visited it.) It's one of the coolest hands-on science centers around and it has calendars and pictures for sale.

    You might also check out some of the online astronomy catalogs available, e.g. from Sky Publishing (the folks who publish Sky and Telescope), the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and Astronomy Magazine:


    Astronomical Society of the Pacific:

    Finally, the University of York and the University of Toronto,

    both have good programs in astronomy, and resources that you may be interested in.

    So there's lots of information and resources out there !

    Best Wishes,

    Jim Lochner, Mike Arida, Maggie Masetti, and Leonard Garcia
    for Ask an Astrophysicist

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