Published in "Internet Resources for Professional Astronomy", Cambridge University Press, 1999.


OPTICAL AND UV ASTRONOMY IN THE INTERNET AGE

Daniel Golombek


Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD, USA
E-mail: golombek@stsci.edu


Abstract. This series of lectures is devoted to optical and UV data, with particular emphasis on observations obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). We explore the instruments on board the HST which have taken data since the telescope was launched and the instruments which will continue to observe in the future. The contents of the HST Data Archive are discussed, along with information on how to retrieve and understand HST observations which can be found in the archives. Other optical and UV archives are also briefly discussed.


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

ASTRONOMICAL DATA
FITS
Reading HST FITS Files
Other File Formats

OPTICAL AND UV INFORMATION
Preprints and Papers
NASA Extragalactic Database (NED)
A Thousand and One Catalogues in Strasbourg: CDS
SIMBAD
VizieR
Aladin
Dictionary of Nomenclature of Astronomical Objects
Information & On-line Data in Astronomy
StarPages
NSSDC
Leda
Data
Other Images, Lists and Catalogs
Scanned Data
Optical and UV Surveys
Multiwavelength Maps
Astrometry
Artificial Data
Other Meta Databases
Software
Planetary Information
Organizations
How Am I Going to Remember This?

OPTICAL AND UV ARCHIVES
Optical Archives
Other Ultraviolet Satellites

THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE
Fine Guidance Sensors (FGS)
The Faint Object Camera (FOC)
Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS)
Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS)
Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2)
Faint Object Spectrograph (FOS)
Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph (GHRS)
High Speed Photometer (HSP)
The Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS)
Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS)

THE HUBBLE DATA ARCHIVE
The Data Archive and Distribution Service (DADS)
Browsing the HDA
How to Use the HDA

SURFING FOR DATA

ACRONYMS

ASTRONOMICAL CDs

REFERENCES

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