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Astronomy Organizations

The Pink Palace Family of Museums occasionally places links to other websites on its own.  This is done as part of our mission to "inspire learning."  It is not an endorsement of the information or viewpoints you will find on the linked websites.

SETI Institute: http://www.seti-inst.edu 
The SETI Institute (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) serves as an institutional home for scientific and educational projects relevant to the nature, distribution, and prevalence of life in the universe.

SETI@home: http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu 
A scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data while your computer is on, but not in use.

The Planetary Society: http://www.planetary.org
The Planetary Society encourages all spacefaring nations to explore other worlds; provides public information and supports educational activities about the exploration of the solar system and the search for extraterrestrial life. It supports and funds innovative and novel research and development projects that can seed future projects of planetary exploration.

International Dark-Sky Association: http://www.darksky.org 
IDA's goal is to be effective-- through education about (a) the value and effectiveness of quality nighttime lighting and (b) of the solutions to the problems -- in stopping the adverse environmental impact of light pollution and space debris.

American Astronomical Society: http://www.aas.org 
The official site for the nations premier Astronomical organization. It contains links to professional journals, educational resources, and information about astronomy related careers and available positions. The site also contains information on current public policy issues as they relate to the space sciences.

Astronomical Society of the Pacific: http://www.astrosociety.org/
The ASP's earliest purpose was to disseminate astronomical information - a mission which has flourished with astronomers' inexhaustible exploration of the universe. The ASP has become the largest general astronomy society in the world and has developed into the recognized leader in the field of astronomy education.

International Astronomical Union: http://www.iau.org
The mission of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), founded in 1919, is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects through international cooperation. The IAU also serves as the internationally recognized authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and any surface features on them.