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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Astro Portal Lets You Cross the Universe by Mouse

How much do you know about convergence of galaxies and the birth of stars? Heard of telescopes that can see invisible galaxies? Then it might be time to visit the Russian Astro Portal located at www.astrolab.ru and find out more.

The web site is designed to provide information on astronomy: everything from photos of satellites and planets to research papers and telescope producers and promises, to keep you "aware of all the latest achievements" in the world of astronomy.

The site is a great place to explore a plethora of interesting facts and figures about the solar system, comets, asteroids, stars and constellations, black holes, nebulae, meteorites and other far-flung phenomena.

The Sightseeing in the Universe section tells about the biggest, the smallest, the brightest, the nearest, the farthest and the fastest things in the universe.

The gargantuan picture gallery boasts more than 880 photos of heavenly space phenomena, captured on film by telescopes, space stations and astronomic observatories. For the particularly curious, the site gives a terminology dictionary as well as biographies of about 200 famous astronomers from Pythagoras to Copernicus and the country's own Yury Gagarin, the first man in space.

For the more scholarly inclined, the site offers papers on astronomy, free software, addresses of space museums and planetariums in Russia and Europe and sections focusing on observatories.

For lighter fare, amuse yourself by clicking through links for your weekly horoscope, lucky numbers, lucky and unlucky days, as well as other fun bits of trivia divined from planetary positions and signs of the zodiac. Expecting a child? Just plug in mom and dad's birthdays and an invisible crystal ball will forecast the very day to expect the little tyke.