AstroJazz Links

Most of the links below are included in the program handed out at AstroJazz performances (General Astronomy, Sun, Moon, Galaxies, Artists, Education, Search for Life). Links for two conference abstracts are provided below.

Morrow, C. (2007). AstroJazz – A Novel Approach to Astrobiology Communication, Bioastronomy 2007 – Molecules, Microbes, and Extraterrestrial Life, San Juan, PR, 16 July 2007. View Abstract

Morrow, C.A (2006). “AstroJazz: Integrating Live Jazz and Astronomy Education”, Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 37 #4, American Astronomical Society, Washington DC, 9 January 2006. View Abstract

General Astronomy

Dark Skies Association

Two–thirds of Americans cannot see the Milky Way from their backyard, and 99% of the population lives in an area that scientists consider light polluted. The rate at which light pollution is increasing will leave almost no dark skies in the contiguous US by 2025.

Help protect the precious resource of our dark skies, and LOOK UP! every chance you get.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

A marvelous archive of some of the most fascinating images in the realms of professional and amateur astronomy. Many of the images used in the AstroJazz show come from here.

Astromomy Art Featured in AstroJazz

The Astronomical Art of Lynette Cook

AstroJazz features Lynette’s imaginative paintings during the performance of our favorite original tune, Are We Alone?. A beautiful new book (Infinite Worlds) illustrated by Lynette and written by Ray Villard of the Space Telescope Science Institute can be ordered  here.

The Poetry and Prose of Reg Saner 

The lyric of our tune, Are We Alone? borrows a hip line from a Colorado poet (Reg Saner), that refers to how we humans tend to think we are not part of the cosmos when really we are “out of this world inside our own skin.”

The Moon Photography of Charles Pfeil

Fly Me to the Moon is a tune we like to include in the AstroJazz program. Visit this site to enjoy his extraordinary photographs of our nearest celestial neighbor.

The Sun

Space Weather

This site provides understandable versions of up-to-date news related to the Sun’s activity and times to see auroras. This is great background for the AstroJazz version of Stormy Weather.

Ancient Observatories – Chaco Canyon

Chaco Canyon is an amazing place to re-connect yourself with the cosmos.

Solar Poetry

This site of the Stanford Solar Center provides a lovely blend of art and science.

The Moon

Phases of the Moon

This site can show you the past, present and future phases of our moon.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) 

Did you know that NASA is planning to revisit the Moon? Check this site for details on NASA’s LRO mission.

The Major Lunar Standstill 

Learn why the Moon is rising at its northern and southernmost extremes in 18.6 years from 2004 to 2007.


Andromeda Galaxy

Andromeda is the nearest big spiral galaxy to our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Did you know that some astronomers predict that these two galaxies will collide in about 3 billion years? This site will show you the model animation of the collision that is used in the AstroJazz show.

Astronomy Education Activities

Alien Earths

This site contains links to the NEAR & FAR game played during the AstroJazz show, as well as to a host of other wonderful educational activities.

Kinesthetic Astronomy

This activity is another of the brainchildren of our Astronomy Chanteuse. We include this in the all kids version of the AstroJazz program called, Space Jazz.

Resources for Planetarians

The links here are of value to astronomy educators sucah as those working in planetariums.

Search for Intelligent Life

The Salt Monument

This fascinating and poignant monument represents each of the 6 billion or so humans on planet Earth as a grain of salt. In allied fashion, the AstroJazz program uses salt to give perspective on the number of stars.

The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)

The AstroJazz version of the song Stardust, morphs the lyric from dreaming of regaining lost love to dreaming of success in the SETI search – detecting a signal from intelligent life beyond Earth.

Are We Alone?

This link will send you off to a stimulating web-based radio show hosted by Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute. Maybe one day an AstroJazz tune or two will make it on his show!