Space wallpaper (www.spacewallpapers.net) offers lots of free images that you can use for your computer’s desktop background (i.e. wallpaper), all of them with a space theme, of course. I love that stuff. The space wallpapers are created from NASA, ESA and NOAO/AURA images as well as from contributions from astro-photographers and space artists around the world. And yes Greg, nudewallpapers.net does exist.
Your guide to a “gem” of a meteor show: What could be the best meteor display of the year is scheduled to reach its peak on Monday night. Skywatchers with dark skies away from city lights could see one or two meteors every minute during the Geminid meteor shower. The greatest activity is expected to be visible from North America, Europe and Africa. From NASA: Tell your friends: the best
Stellarium Astronomy Software: Stellarium is a free software available for Linux/Unix, Windows and MacOSX. It renders 3D photo-realistic skies in real time. With stellarium, you really see what you can see with your eyes, binoculars or a small telescope. This is excellent, free software with lots of features. I installed the Windows version and it works great: you set your location and it displays the stars with a time control
The Observing page at Sky and Telescope lists weekly celestial events you can watch out for. This week: …two comets will put on rather different performances in each hemisphere. For skywatchers living at north temperate latitudes, Comet NEAT promises the easiest show to watch. In early May, just when NEAT is brightest, it will rapidly climb out of the Sun’s glare into good view above the southwest horizon after sunset.