The wwweb is such a big place, and Astronomy is such a broad subject that it can be hard to know where to start.
Well here is a list with the focus on starting out in Astronomy. I have put them into a few broad categories to make it easier.
Astronomical Society of Victoria (ASV).
The Society is based in Melbourne, Australia and includes city and country members, as well some in other states and overseas.
It attracts people with a wide range of Astronomical interests, ages, abilities and experience. Originally founded in 1922, it is the largest such organisation in the southern hemisphere. With 20+ sections plus special events there is always something going on in the ASV and a meeting you can attend. Visit the ASV facebook page to find out what members are up to.
The New Astronomers’ Group is but an outreach programme of the ASV.
The largest online Astronomy community in the southern hemisphere.
IceInSpace is a community website dedicated to promoting amateur astronomy in the southern hemisphere - including Australia, New Zealand, South America, Southern Africa and parts of Asia. We aim to help stargazers from around the world discover, discuss and enjoy the beauty of our night sky.
Cool physics and other sweet science - all in a minute! - If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
MinutePhysics (styled without a space) is a series of educational videos created by Henry Reich and disseminated through YouTube. Reich's stated goal is "to get people excited about learnin'." Reich's videos include time-lapsed drawing to explain physics-related topics in around one minute. The most popular MinutePhysics video, with more than 2.1 million views, explains a quantum physics thought experiment known as Schrödinger's cat.
Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. Available for Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Ubuntu. Plug ins and new feature appear with each new release.
It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.
NASA Science News
Justwanting to catch the lastest news from NASA, or wanting to browse about the latest on a mission, interested in the technology, want to know about the big questions NASA is undertaking to understand. Well here is a good jump off point to start. Easy to get lost in the maze of different info. Can I suggest you get a few different tabs going to follow a few threads of info. Close ‘em down and return to your original tab.
More to sites come