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Resource: Naval Astronomical Information Center

Carina Nebula (Image from Hubble telescope - NASA)

The Naval Oceanography Portal website maintains an Astronomical Information Center that contains a variety of informative resources. The directory features a glossary of terms, important definitions, fun facts, in-depth articles, data sets, lists, mathematical equations, and links to outside resources. Some topics include phenomena of the sun and moon, time, calendars and events, computing astronomical data, celestial navigation, and more.

There is a comprehensive list of searchable and interactive data available. The Naval Oceanography Portal also offers several types of educational software, including a multi-year Interactive Computer Almanac with an astrometric catalog containing around 230,000 stars, and publications like “The Astronomical Almanac,” which provides a year’s worth of data.

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