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August 24, 2006 - Prague: Ending years of debate, astronomers today decided to revoke Pluto's platentary status, instead relabeling it as a "Dwarf Planet." The vote, taken among 424 astronomers (less than 5% or the world's total), took place at the annual meeting of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in the Czech Republic. "I'm embarassed for astronomy," said Alan Stern of NASA's New Horizon's mission to Pluto and a scientist at the Southwest Research Institute, "This vote stinks." Nevertheless, the decision will stand for now, the effects of which will be most noticable on the school textbook industry who will have to update their books accordingly. The vote established three categories for objects in our solar system -- Planets, Dwarf Plantes and Small Solar System Bodies. Pluto was reclassified as a Dwarf Planet. Read more here.


  • AstroPlace   RQdN Awarded Site
      A large site full of astronomy information and resources for all age groups.
  • The Nine Eight Planets   RQdN Awarded Site
      An overview of each of the nine eight planets in our solar system and their moons complete with pictures and diagrams.
  • StarGazer   RQdN Awarded Site
      Use this sites star map to find constellations in the sky. You can click on a star for detailed information. Great for finding your way through the night sky.

  • Amateur Astronomy
      Plenty of link and resources for the amateur astronomer. Also has links to many observatories.
  • Astronomical Data Center for Amateur Astronomers
      A data collection that is useful in looking up the properties and locations of celestial objects. From the Astronomical Data Center (ADC).
  • Astronomy HyperText Book
      A variety of resources and topics on astronomy and the universe.
  • Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC)
      Provides access to archives and other astronomical catalogs and data.
  • Constellations and their Stars
      Constellations, stars, charts, references, resources and more.
  • Infrared Astronomy
      Informationa and resources regarding infrared astronomy and how it is useful.
  • J-Track Satellite Tracking
      Track spacecraft and satellites in space.
  • The Moon Illusion Explained
      Learn why the moon appears larger on the horizon and smaller when straight up in the sky.
  • Mysteries of Deep Space Timeline
      Follow the universe's development with this interactive timeline. From PBS.
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • SETI Institute Online
      Search for Extraterrestial Intelligence (SETI). Home for scientific research in the field of life in the universe. Their research is designed to answer the question, "Are we alone in the Universe?"
    • SETI @ Home
        Downlaod this screensaver program and let your computer analyze data when you're not busy surfing the Net. This program downloads and analyzes radio telescope data. Who knows, your computer may be the first to detect the faint murmur of extraterrestrial life.
  • Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
      This astronomical research center is responsible for the operation of the Hubble Space Telescope as an international observatory, and the development of its successor.
    • Hubbel Space Telescope (HST)
        A general overview of the Hubble Space Telescope complete with the latest news, information and pictures from the telescope.
    • James Webb Space Telescope
        Formerly called the Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST), the James Webb Space Telescope will be the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope and is expected to be launched in 2007. The key scientific goals for NGST are discovering and understanding the formation of the first stars and galaxies, the evolution of galaxies and the production of elements by stars, and the process of star and planet formation.
  • Sky and Telescope Magazine
      Top stories, astronomical news and events, announcements, resources and more.
  • Sky Calendar
      Check to see what is scheduled to happen in the skies this month. Because of the content size, this site may take a few moments to load. It's worth the wait.
  • Skywatching Center
      View an index of this month's events taking place in the night sky.
  • StarDate Online
      Short radio programs aimed at astronomy. Listen to clips of past shows, get astronomy news, and more.
  • Star Journey
      Star chart, attractions, and other information for viewing the night time sky. From National Geographic.
  • Tour the Cosmos
      Take a virtual tour of of the cosmos from this site.
  • U.S. Naval Observatory
      Information and resources regarding the earth, moon and a variety of other planetary data.
  • Why Is the Sky Dark at Night?
      If you think the answer to this question is obvious, think again.
  • Your Sky
      Create your own sky map and views of the stars.

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