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Welcome to the Space and Nature Aruba Foundation Website

The Space and Nature Aruba Foundation (SNAF) is a non-profit group based on the Caribbean island Aruba located a few miles North of the coast of Venezuela. The SNAF is affiliated with Universe Awareness (UNAWE) which is an organization endorsed by UNESCO and the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Our main goal is to bring astronomy and earth science to the public
through education, research and enjoyable public events, and improve the status, understanding and enjoyment of amateur astronomy and earth science.

Hubble Panel

Up and Over

Up and Over

Every now and then, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope glimpses a common object — say, a spiral galaxy — in an interesting or unusual way. A sharply angled perspective, such as the one shown in this Picture of the Week, can make it seem as if we, the viewers, are craning our necks to see over a barrier into the galaxy's bright centre.    In the case of NGC 3169, this barrier is the thick dust embedded within the galaxy's spiral arms. Cosmic dust comprises a potpourri of particles, including water ice, hydrocarbons, silicates, and other solid material. It has…