Astronomy is the oldest and most far-reaching science. Its goal is to understand the nature of existence and humanity’s place in the cosmos. Sound like a big question? It is, and people have been asking it for thousands of years.

Have you ever looked at the night sky and wondered about your place in the universe? This section will help you get oriented in the cosmic "big picture." Find out where we are and where we’re headed. Learn about Earth and our solar system, plus some of the secrets astronomers have uncovered about the stars, galaxies and universe.

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This project is the result of an international collaboration including museums and institutions from Canada, Australia, and the United States.

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