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Photos: The first Moon Walk, Buzz Aldrin: courtesy of NASA, taken by Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11; Earth forming: courtesy of JSC and NASA, Apollo 17; The Sun forming: courtesy of EIT Consortium/NSSDC and NASA, SOHO's EIT EIT Asteroids flying, Ida and it's moon Dactyl: courtesy of NSSDC and NASA; Galileo Sun's nuclear energy: courtesy of EIT Consortium/NSSDC and NASA, SOHO's EIT; Colliding galaxies: courtesy of The Hubble Heritage Team/STScI/AURA and NASA, Hubble Space Telescope Center, Debra Meloy Elmegreen, Bruce C. Elmegreen, Michele Kaufman, Elias Brinks, Curt Struck, Magnus Thomasson, Maria Sundin, and Mario Klaric; Black Holes: Accretion Disk Binary System: STScI and NASA; The Center of Centaurus, E.J. Schreier (STScI) et al., NASA The birth of a star: courtesy of The Hubble Heritage Team and NASA, Hubble Space Telescope Center, principal astronomers: John MacKenty, Jesus Maiz-Apellaniz, Colin Norman, Nolan Walborn, Richard Burg, Richard Griffiths and Rosemary Wyse; A volcano erupting on Io: courtesy of JPL, California Institute of Technology/NSSDC and NASA, Galileo; A solar flare: courtesy of JSC and NASA; An Earthrise: courtesy of NSSDC and NASA, Apollo 8; Universe expanding: courtesy of Robert Williams and the Hubble Deep Field Team (STScI) and NASA; Life exists: courtesy of JPL and NASA, Mars Global Surveyor; Galaxies exist: courtesy of Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA); Milky Way: courtesy of Photo Researchers; Orion: courtesy of "Observers", "Institute", Sven Kohle and Till Credner; Big Dipper: AMNH; An Asteroid, Gaspra: courtesy of JPL, California Institute of Technology/NSSDC, U.S. Geological Survey, Cornell University and NASA, Galileo; Satellite: courtesy of JSC and NASA, American Satellite Company; communications satellite Moon Rock: courtesy of NSSDC and NASA, Apollo 17; Meteor (Williamite Meteorite): courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services, 3316; Moon formed: courtesy of JSC and NASA, Apollo 11; Saturn's rings: courtesy of JPL, California Institute of Technology and NASA, Voyager 2; Venusian volcanoes: courtesy of JPL, California Institute of Technology/NSSDC, U.S. Geological Survey and NASA, Magellan; Water under Mars: courtesy of JPL, Malin Space Systems and NASA, Mars Global Surveyor; Neptune's Great Dark Spot: courtesy of JPL, California Institute of Technology/NSSDC and NASA, Voyager 2; Jupiter's Moons: courtesy of JPL, California Institute of Technology and NASA, Voyager 2; Pluto's surface: courtesy of Dr. R. Albrecht, ESA/ESO Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility, NSSDC and NASA; Asteroid belt, Gaspra: courtesy of JPL, California Institute of Technology/NSSDC, U.S. Geological Survey, Cornell University and NASA, Galileo; Jupiter's Great Red Spot: courtesy of JPL, California Institute of Technology/NSSDC and NASA, Voyager 1; Halley's Comet: courtesy of NSSDC and NASA, ESA mission Giotto; Andromeda Galaxy: courtesy of Jason Ware, APOD; Surface of Moon: courtesy of NASA; Sunspots: courtesy of AURA/NOAO/NSF; Supernova 1987A: courtesy of ESA/STScI, Dr. Christopher Burrows and NASA, Hubble Space Telescope

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Astronomy Books

Eleven great ways to learn about everything under the Sun ... moon, and stars

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Build the Big Dipper

To see what the Big Dipper would look like from outer space, build a mobile!

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Cosmic Connections

Photos: Choice A: courtesy of JPL/Caltech and NASA; Choice B: courtesy of R. Williams, the HDF Team (STScI); and NASA; Choice C: courtesy of B. Whitmore (STScI); F. Schweizer (DTM); and NASA; Choice D: courtesy of L. Ferrarese (Johns Hopkins University) and NASA; Choice E: courtesy of HST, WFPC 2, Jeff Hester and NASA; Choice F: courtesy of Bruce Balick (U. Washington); Vincent Icke (Leiden U. of the Netherlands); Choice G: courtesy of NASA, Voyager 2; Choice H: AURA/NOAO/NSF

Match these awesome images from the Hubble Space Telescope with their descriptions.

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Cosmic Cookies

Illustrations: Eric Hamilton

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Don't Be Lost in Space

Illustrations: Earth, Solar System, Virgo Supercluster: David Hardy; Milky Way: Dennis Davidson; Universe: American Museum of Natural History and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, 1999

Your address in space is a whole lot longer than your mailing address here on Earth.

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Meet the Universe's Main Attraction... Gravity

Photos: Girl: courtesy of Denis Finnin, AMNH; Baseball: courtesy of Denis Finnin, AMNH; Illustrations: Newton: Amanda Duffy; Foot: Jim Paillot; Juggler: Chris Van Dunsen; Mars: Daryl Collins

Find out why a ball thrown in the air will return to the ground. 

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How Did the Universe Begin?

Photos: The Big Bang: Gas: courtesy of Neil de Grasse Tyson; Neil today: courtesy of Denis Finnin, AMNH; Illustrations: Create your own Timeline: Daryl Collins

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Make Your Own Astronomy Stationery

Illustrations: Jim Steck, Jim Paillot, Daryl Collins

Send a note to a friend with these astronomical letterheads.

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