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Current Page Editor: Jennifer
Hello fellow Astronomers!!! The links below cover a wide range of current events such as new discoveries. Hopefully this page will not only be informative but intrigue you to want to learn more about this field, I will do my best to provide reliable sources that provide accurate information. All images are provided from internal site.
Reminder this is current news so it will be eventually outdated, so to future editors hopefully I helped with the layout for future updates:)
(Does contain recommendations and opinions from previous editors).....*help us grow and add on don't be afraid to fix previous editor's work*


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Date: December 7, 2008
Audience: General Public seeking information
NASA's website provides a vast amount of resources that can aid a student in researching topics. The
homepage has several categories, one of them being news, with other subcategories such as Earth news,
updates in technology, press speeches, and much more information. Also, there is a vast number of
images and video clips relating to the topics of interest. As mentioned, this website is beneficial to all those
who want information in general.
The overall purpose of the NASA website is to provide the audience with a variety of current news and best
of all, the site is so easy to navigate, this allows the general public to quench the thirst for knowledge. The
site would be able to assist people ranging from a student researching the next shuttle launches to an adult
simply wanting to know more about astronomical reports.

NASA

Astronomy Magazine

Date: December 7, 2008
Audience: Individuals who love astronomy
The Astronomy Magazine provides online information to suit the needs of non-subscribers. The Astronomy
website has news regarding more planetary subjects. Images of found material can be seen all throughout the
magazine. Information of future shuttle launches are also provided. Plus, there is a cool feature on the page that
allows the viewer to see the moon phase at a particular night, what time the sun rose and set, and even the
visibility of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn at a specific time.
The overall intent of the Astronomy Magazine website is to satisfy those individuals who already have some
astronomical background, but it is easy enough to navigate that the general public may also benefit from learning
current news. Also, the article and it's images are generally updated constantly.

Astronomy Magazine

Sky and Telescope

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Date:December 7, 2008
Audience: Beginning Astronomers
The Sky and Telescope website has more news regarding instruments used in astronomical
missions. There are a lot of images of space launches that came about using these tools. Also, Sky and
Telescope has a lot of news regarding technology advances that can be purchased by the consumer. In addition,
there are a lot of tips that allows the viewer better enhance observations using the tools.
In general, Sky and Telescope is a good link for beginners since there are news articles that are updated
constantly, and if certain terms are not familiar to the reader, there is a glossary that can be referenced.

Sky & Telescope

American Astronomical Society

Date: December 7, 2008
Audience: Professional individuals
The American Astronomical Society is a website suited for individuals with more background knowledge compared to
the general public. With that in mind, the site has in-depth information regarding current topics. There are links
on the side that allow for more references, however those links have not too user-friendly features compared to the other
websites.
Overall, the American Astronomical Society website meets the needs for more professional users.

American Astronomical Society

Astronomy News and Links

Date: December 7, 2008
Audience: General Public
The Astronomy News and Links website allows the viewer to navigate through several categories such as news from
astronomical observatories, news from space missions, news from astronomical satellites, and much more. Best
of all, the page is regularly updated. Easy navigation lets the general public to access the latest news.
In general, I would say this is one of the better sites to access information on news topics since it is so easy to
navigate through. Also, it is very nice that they can find the news by topics of interest, which are very nicely
categorized throughout the page. The Astronomy News and Links page is very plain, but filled with a lot
of information
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Astronomy News & Links

Astronomy Now

Author: Astronomy Now team (very trustworthy)
Last updated: November 24, 2016
Date reviewed: November 26, 2016
Reviewed by: Jennifer
Accuracy: Very accurate
Readability/Clarity: Has some technical terms be wary of
Ease of navigation: Very easy to navigate
Overview: An Astronomy magazine from the UK. Want the latest new? Or just interested in observing the night sky,
this user friendly site has it all! With a subscription you have even more access and also a store to buy from,
also contact information is provided and if you want to get some answers to your questions you can join a
Q&A and get responses sent directly to your inbox.
Currently on latest news the International Astronomical Union formally approves 227 star names,
read more on the link below.

Astronomy Now

Live Science

Author: Multiple (trustworthiness varies)
Last updated: Varies from article to article
Date reviewed: November 26, 2016
Reviewed by: Jennifer
Accuracy: Most articles are accurate, avoid bloggers
Readability/Clarity: Varies depending on article
Ease of navigation: Not easy to navigate, links all over
Overview: You want a site with a list of links that will quickly send you to current news on Astronomy? This site is for you,
it covers a wide range of news and fun videos to watch at your finger tips. You can filter what you want and even
test your knowledge on Astronomy with its quizzes and if you are a total Astronomy lover you can get wallpapers.
Since Thanksgiving has just happen and you are curios to see what astronomers are doing out in space you can
watch a short video of International Space Station commander Shane Kimbrough on him sharing his whats the menu
for him and his crew and much more current events and news.
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Live Science

Stargazing

Author: N.A.A. (amateur astronomers, trustworthy)
Last updated: Unknown
Date reviewed: November 26, 2016
Reviewed by: Jennifer
Accuracy: Very accurate
Readability/Clarity: Hard to read at times
Ease of navigation: Outside links, not too easy to navigate
Overview: People-powered and contributed by all over the world. This site is very similar to what we are doing here, but of course has
additional links that we haven't provided. Has links to more academic articles regarding news and such in the the Astronomy
world and you can join the club there too. Check it out it has links to photos of the day from the Hubble Space Telescope and
educational videos, great for learning, I highly recommend.

Stargazing

National Geographic

Author: Andrew Fazekas (author, somewhat trustworthy)
Last updated: November 1, 2016
Date reviewed: November 26, 2016
Reviewed by: Jennifer
Accuracy: Very accurate
Readability/Clarity: Very easy to read, plenty of pictures provided
Ease of navigation: Very easy to navigate
Overview: This article covered by National Geographic provided several events happening during the month of November, 2016.
Easy to read and quick to the point, readers can see what will be happening on specific dates in the night sky. Currently
the big event is the Supermoon which will be the biggest seen since the 1940s. Mark your calendar because this article
also provided when a meteor display will take place and when certain planets will be in the night sky.
The Beehive open star cluster, also known as M44, will be near the moon on November 18. (Image taken from site)
The Beehive open star cluster, also known as M44, will be near the moon on November 18. (Image taken from site)


National Geographic

Gizmodo

Author: Eve Peyser (individual editor not too trustworthy)
Last updated: November 25, 2016
Date reviewed: November 26, 2016
Reviewed by: Jennifer
Accuracy: Very accurate
Readability/Clarity: Very easy to read
Ease of navigation: Very easy to navigate
Overview: Current news article that is asking the public for help. The NASA is apparently desperate and in need of
assistance on what to do with astronaut poop. Funny how in 2016 we are making great strides in the field of
Astronomy but yet we don't know what to do with this crappy problem. The article is easy to read and if you don't
believe me here is a link to the video click here in the video you will see that they really don't know what to do, and
if you can figure it out the reward of $30,000 isn't that bad. Put your thinking cap on and get your name in the
textbook as the person who created the invention to handle an Astronauts leftovers.

Gizmodo