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State College, PA, United States, 2007/08/29 - AccuWeather.com® announced the launch of the redesigned and expanded Astronomy Center. This interest area features a wealth of astronomy-related content for beginners, experts, and everyone in-between.
The Astronomy Center has been launched on the date of a total lunar eclipse which took place pre-dawn today between 4:51 AM and 5:32 AM EST. It is also available in time for the end of August when Jupiter, Neptune, and the annual Perseid meteor shower are most visible. Visitors to the site are provided with all the up-to-date information, advice, and news they need to observe these and other phenomena in the night skies. The Astronomy Center features:
• Detailed nightly viewing conditions including planet, moon, and weather forecast data
• An interactive star chart that depicts the sky from any location on Earth and shows the position of constellations day or night
• An astronomy video with meteorologist Katrina Voss featuring recent news and events in astronomy
• User-generated astronomy photos
• A weekly blog by Meteorologist Lisa Wieser that discusses celestial objects, events, and notable people in astronomy
• A hobbyist section that provides anything from stargazing and equipment tips to a Q&A corner for readers’ astronomy-related questions
• Coming Soon: Astronomy widgets and Microsoft® Vista® gadgets, including a solar eclipse calculator and a meteor shower tracker
“Our Astronomy Center has long been one of the most popular destinations on AccuWeather.com,” said Jim Candor, Senior Vice President of New Media for AccuWeather.com. “Our redesigned and expanded Astronomy Center provides information, data, and gadgets to please astronomy enthusiasts of all levels of interest and experience.”
AccuWeather.com offers users a variety of other popular special interest areas including Health, Home and Garden, and Travel Centers.
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