Collated links from ISM Tutorial Pages:

Index and introduction:

Who studies the interstellar medium?

What is the Interstellar medium?

When did the interstellar medium develop?

Where is the interstellar medium?

Why study the interstellar medium?

How do we learn about the interstellar medium?

The ISM in depth:

What is the interstellar medium, in depth:

How do we learn about the ISM?

Satellites that study the ISM:

The Local Interstellar Medium:

What is the history of the interstellar medium?


Additional links:

Rating system:

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Astonomy HyperText Book: Interstellar Medium by The Electronic Universe Project

  • Animations are worth looking at if you have an MPEG player and some time to download them -- cartoon ways of looking at scattering
  • Other information is relatively brief
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Cosmic and Heliospheric Learning Center

  • Written for students of all ages
  • Gives a comprehensive view of many sun-related subjects, such as the heliosphere, cosmic rays, and the solar wind
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Cosmic and Heliospheric Learning Center: Ask Us

  • A team of astrophysicists and research scientists are standing by to answer your questions about particles in the heliosphere. (This includes: composition; magnetic fields (including those of the Sun and Earth); cosmic rays; plasma; acceleration; the Sun; solar wind; solar activity; space weather; current events about cosmic rays and the heliosphere; and the history of cosmic ray and heliospheric studies)
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NASA's Voyager Mission

  • Lots of interesting facts, not specifically aimed at kids, but understandable
  • Great source of info on many aspects of the Voyager missions
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NASA Photo Gallery, the source of most of the Images on these pages.

  • No specific ISM content, but Images are gorgeous to look at no matter what your age!
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Warp Drive When?

  • Great information; written for all levels
  • Some complex ideas in simple terms
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Interstellar Probe

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An introduction to the Heliosphere

  • For university students -- uses equations and not many pictures
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ISO (Infrared Space Observatory) Interstellar Medium Image Gallery

  • Some pictures like those at the NASA Photo Gallery
  • Many plots on abundances, etc.
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Interstellar Pathfinder

  • Transparencies (7) from a talk, in GIF or PostScript format
  • Aimed at researchers
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Len Fisk's Parker Lecture

  • 24 slides from the lecture; definitely higher-level!