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Solar FlareAmazing Space really is an amazing web site! Here you can find out what light and color say about the stars, learn about the objects that make up the Solar System, or train to be a scientist by enrolling in the "Hubble Deep Field Academy."

Starchild is a learning center for young astronomers. Become an expert on the solar system, the universe and other space facts.

NASA KIDS offers an interactive way to learn about NASA's science activities. It is especially designed for kids.

At Astro-Venture, brought to you by NASA, you can complete training in basic astronomy, geology, and biology and design a planet.

Read the fascinating stories about the astronomers from The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and from Women in Astronomy.

View the Horsehead Nebula and other awesome photos in the Star Lab Photo Gallery.

Telescopes from the Ground Up...Explore the history of telescopes, from Galileo to NASA's Great Observatories.

MORE ABOUT THE SOLAR SYSTEM

Here are the "Everything you'll ever want to know" sites for: asteroids, stars, comets, black holes, galaxies, and constellations.

If you still have unanswered questions you can Ask An Astronomer.

Pluto & Dwarf Planets

In addition to Pluto, our solar system is home to four other known dwarf planets: Ceres, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris.

Except for Ceres, the dwarf planets orbit the sun in a part of the far reaches of the solar system known as the Kuiper Belt. Beyond the Kuiper Belt, astronomers theorize there is a region of icy comets known as the Oort Cloud.

Moons

There are 172 known moons orbiting the 8 planets and 5 dwarf planets of our solar system.

Europa, a moon of Jupiter, may have an ocean under the ice of its surface.

Another moon of Jupiter, Io, has active volcanoes on its surface.

Deep craters make Saturn's moon Hyperion look like a giant wasps' nest.

Titan

 

The Saturnian moon Titan has a thick atmosphere of nitrogen and oceans of liquid methane.

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