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Welcome to the Space and Nature Aruba Website

The Space and Nature Aruba (SNA) is a non-profit group based on the Caribbean island Aruba located a few miles North of the coast of Venezuela. The SNA group 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

More than meets the eye

More than meets the eye

Despite the advances made in past decades, the process of galaxy formation remains an open question in astronomy. Various theories have been suggested, but since galaxies come in all shapes and sizes — including elliptical, spiral, and irregular — no single theory has so far been able to satisfactorily explain the origins of all the galaxies we see throughout the Universe. To determine which formation model is correct (if any), astronomers hunt for the telltale signs of various physical processes. One example of this is galactic coronas, which are huge, invisible regions of hot gas that surround a galaxy’s visible…