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Explore the Universe !

The web's best one-stop shopping for the latest news in astronomy and space-related features. Plus blogs, video podcasts, audio podcasts, images, and videos from international sources.

Astronomy Picture of the Day
Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. Install the Picture of the Day automatic backgrounder program, and have your computer's wallpaper automatically updated daily as the PoD. (En francais a Ciel des Hommes.)
Dark Skies Awareness
Raise the level of public knowledge about adverse impacts of excess artificial lighting on local environments and help more people appreciate the continuing loss of a dark night sky for much of the world’s population.
400 years of the Telescope
An interactive website with information about the telescope and its history. 
Galaxy Zoo
Want to make a REAL contribution to continuing research?  The Galaxy Zoo files contain almost a quarter of a million galaxies which have been imaged with a camera attached to a robotic telescope. In order to understand how these galaxies — and our own — formed, we need your help to classify them according to their shapes — a task at which your brain is better than even the fastest computer.
This is one of several projects of Zooniverse which use citizen scientists to help analyze huge amounts of data. Some of the other astronomical projects include identifying craters on Mars, measuring bars in spiral galaxies, looking for black holes in radio galaxies, gravitational lenses, and discovering near-Earth asteroids.  Dig in, lend a hand!
Want to help in the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence?  Is your computer left on through most of the day (or night)?  Download a screensaver application that could help find ET!

American Astronomical Society
Although American in origin, this is the major international organization of astronomers. The Education link contain a wealth of teaching resources!. Many astronomical links: history, education, jobs, journals, and FTP archive.
Australian Astrophysics Education & Outreach
An excellent online reference aimed at introductory senior high/undergrad level.  Very well illustrated and explained.
Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA)
The Canadian association of professional astronomers.
Canadian Astronomical News
A news blog maintained by Dennis Crabtree, a Canadian astronomer presently based at the Gemini telescope in Chile. 
Canadian Space Agency
Learn what Canada is doing to explore space. Includes the NASA International Space Station tracker. Many interesting links, including how to apply to become an astronaut!
Did you know that Canada has an active space industry?  SpaceRef Canada has an excellent site with information about the global space systems sector. It covers civil, commercial and military space as well space policy, space technology, astronomy and most other space related topics.
The Cosmic Mirror
A web-based space newspaper of space information, updated weekly, from Germany.
Debunking the the Moon Hoaxers
Phil Plait addresses each of the claims of the Fox production "Apollo Moon Hoax" on his Bad Astronomy website.  Great reading even if you're not in need of convincing that we landed on the Moon!
Discovery Channel Canada Online
Usually has the latest astronomy (and all other science) stories, plus information, links, quizzes, contests and other fun.
Hertzberg Institute for Astrophysics
Information, virtual tours, and links to Canada's national astronomy facilities.
Latest Hubble Space Telescope Releases
All the latest and the best from HST.
NASA: Goddard Space Flight Centre
Links to all NASA projects- past and present- lots of history and great pictures, too.
NASA's Multimedia & Image Resource
Looking for some cool images for your desktop or to make your own screen saver?  You'll find the latest images and videos too!
Teacher's Corner
Looking for creative ideas to teach astronomy and space science? The Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics has posted some activities to challenge your students and to help them gain a better understanding of challenge facing astronauts in space and the research scientists that support them here on earth.
The Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour
One of the oldest astronomy web sites, but still one of the best for images and up-to-date information on the solar system and all its members.
The Planetary Society
A large international lobby group for the promotion of planetary exploration and public education.
Sky and Telescope Magazine
A great site for the amateur observer! In addition to previews of the monthly magazine Sky & Telescope, there are news releases (updated weekly), observing charts and tips, and reviews of binoculars, telescopes, and astronomy books.
Spaceflight Now
"The leading source for online space news." Has up-to-the-minute news and images from current space exploration from all countries.
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)
An outstanding site by and for university students. Contains a Messier image catalogue, galaxy images, and many international space exploration links.

  Last update: 27 August, 2015

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