The primary objective of the OAD is not to promote astronomy education or outreach but to use astronomy for development.

Here are a few Astronomy educational resources publicly available on the web. For peer-reviewed resources at school level we would like to draw your attention specifically to a project of the OAD’s Task Force on Children and Schools called AstroEDU.

Astronomy Clubs

Toolkit: A Guide to Starting a Physics Student Society
Quick Start Guide: Setting up an Astronomy Club

Learn Astronomy

Astronomy Textbook – A free, open source Introductory textbook to Astronomy from OpenStax
Astronomy timeline
A very concise history of Astronomy
Astronomy MOOCs
 – A list of open courses in Astronomy
Astronomy courses – A compilation of MOOCs
Crash Course Astronomy videos – If you are new to Astronomy and short on time, these youtube videos offer a good start
Silicon Valley Astronomy lectures – Audio and video of well-known scientists explaining astronomical developments in everyday language.
Astronomy lectures – Videos of an Introduction to Astronomy course
Astronomy courses – Videos from UC Berkeley
Frontiers in Astrophysics – Video lectures from Yale university
Astronomy video – Introduction to Astronomy videos from Starship Asterisk forum
MIT Open Course Ware – OCW provides free MIT educational content you can use to enhance or refresh your knowledge or teach others.
Solar System Astronomy – An introduction to solar system Astronomy by Ohio state (lectures, audio)
Astronomy notes – Introduction to Astronomy notes, recorded lectures, and practice tests from University of Northern Iowa
Mike Eracleous’s teaching page  -at Penn State University
Intech open Science – Free, Open Access Books in Physical Sciences, Engineering, Technology etc
UNISA South Africa – Astronomy courses from South Africa’s open university

Inclusive Astronomy

IAU Working Group on Astronomy for Equity/Inclusion – resources, best practices, news, publications
Tactile Universe – Making current astronomy research accessible to the blind and vision impaired community
AstroBVI – astronomical kits for blind & visually impaired audiences in Latin America & Spanish speaking countries

Webcasts, broadcasts and podcasts

STScI webcasts – Webcasts from Space Telescope Science Institute. (scroll down to the bottom of the page to choose category- outreach public lectures, Science training, Engineering workshops etc)
Astronomy Live and Slooh – Watch major Astronomical events live
Astronomy Cast, Cosmoquest–  weekly discussions on astronomical topics ranging from planets to cosmology
Observing podcasts – Weekly podcasts on observing the sky
StarTalk radio – A commercial radio program devoted to all things space, hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson

DIY – Astronomy activities

NASA Wavelength –  A peer-reviewed digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels
AstroEdu – An open-access platform for peer-reviewed astronomy education activities
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics –  computer simulations and activities to make complex or abstract scientific ideas clearer and more accessible
Toys from trash – create useful tools and educational toys from trash
Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project (NAAP) – online laboratories targeting the undergraduate introductory astronomy audience
Astronomy simulations – A variety of simulators and calculators that demonstrate Astronomy concepts
Astronomy interactives – manipulate parameters and gain a better understanding of Astronomy topics 

Astronomy tools and data

South African Astronomical Observatory – A list of Virtual Observatory-compatible applications, tools and data archives to do science – online data archives, data discovery, analysis, and plotting tools
Mitaka 4-dimensional digital universe – Software to visualize the known Universe with up-to-date observational data and theoretical models, by National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) [With Mutiple Language Support]
SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) – A Digital Library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics
Virtual Astronomical Observatory (VAO) –  electronic integration of astronomy data, tools, and services to the global community
SkyView – A Virtual Observatory on the Net generating images of any part of the sky at wavelengths in all regimes from Radio to Gamma-Ray.
European Virtual Observatory (EURO-VO) –  global electronic access to the available astronomical data archives of space and ground-based observatories and other sky survey databases. See also 
EURO-VO Educational Initiatives
Virtual Observatory India (VOI) – A list of Virtual Observatories across the world

Other Astronomy information

European Southern Observatory (ESO) – ESO has plenty of educational material, Astronomy communication resources, stunning pictures, videos etc
Universe Awareness (UNAWE) – Educational resources in Astronomy for young children
NASA Scientific Visualization Studio – Visualizations of various space & science concepts from NASA.
JPL education – Simulations, videos, infographics, activities, games and more
NASA education – Educator Guides, Lesson Plan/Activity, Play and Learn, Poster, Program Brochure etc
Hubble Site – Explore Astronomy with Hubble images, findings and data
spaceEU Engage with Space Toolkit – ready-to-use digital collection of space centred activities with a specific focus on girls and underserved communities


Galileoscope – A high quality, low cost telescope kit with observing guide.
Astronomy for beginners – A guide to amateur telescopes, and other useful information.
A guide to astrophotography – some tools and resources to help you get started.
TelescopeGuide – getting started with telescopes and astronomy.

Remote Telescopes

Access telescopes over the internet at No Cost

GLORIA (GLObal Robotic telescopes Intelligent Array) – A website that provides free, anytime access to remote telescopes all over the globe. It also includes online tools to perform analysis on Astronomical data.
NASA & Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics -MicroObservatory – You can operate your OWN ground-based “MicroObservatories” – real robotic telescopes – through this website.

EU-Hands On Universe  –  This site provides remote access to small radio telescopes installed throughout Europe.
Radio Telescope:ARROW – A robotically directed receiver tuned to radio emission from hydrogen in the Milky Way. ARROW is A Robotic Radio-telescope Over the Web. 

Virtual Sky simulators

Stellarium – A free open source planetarium for your computer that shows a realistic sky in 3D.
Planetarium – Explore the stars and planets from your web browser.
Google Sky – Allows you to view celestial objects, including stars, constellations, galaxies, planets and the Earth’s moon.
Microsoft World Wide Telescope – Enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best telescopes in the world.
VirtualSky – A browser-based planetarium from Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope that can be customized and embedded in websites

Learn star gazing

BBC stargazing – A guide to star gazing
Sky & Telescope – More information on star gazing
Skymaps – A free, 2-page monthly guide to the night sky suitable for all sky watchers including newcomers to Astronomy.
Heavens Above – An online skychart that includes positions of satellites and the International Space Station


IAU Directory for World Astronomy – A searchable database of Astronomy observatories, research institutions, science centers, planetariums, Astronomy clubs, space agencies, universities.
 – A collection of pointers to astronomically relevant Internet resources including Astronomy organizations, publications, software, and educational resources (not updated anymore)
University of Buffalo database – A collection of Books, Journals, Open Access, Career Information, Databases, Educational Materials, General Portals & Directories, History of Astronomy, Images, Our Solar System, and Professional Societies in Astronomy
Science Reference Services – Selected internet resources in Astronomy from the US Library of Congress
Astronomy Now – database from Astronomy Now

Citizen Science

Contribute to real Science
Citizen Science – List of projects on the Planetary Society website
Zooniverse, Galaxy Zoo – popular citizen Science platforms
Resources for citizen scientists – tools for citizen scientists from NASA