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Created in 1890, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory has a rich history of space science research. Affiliated with Harvard University, the SAO moved from Washington, DC to Cambridge, MA in 1955. Today, the Observatory employs over 300 scientists working on broad programs of astrophysical research supported by federal appropriations and other funding sources. Its divisions include high energy astrophysics, theoretical astrophysics, and optical and infrared astronomy. First-time visitors might do well to look over the Research area, which contains research statements and detailed project information on the SAO's work on the solar system, galaxies, and stars. The Features area is quite a find and it contains profiles on the third dimensions of Cassiopeia A, the search for other Earths, and dozens of other subjects dating back to 2009. Within Education & Outreach, visitors will find links to curriculum materials and public outreach ideas like "Inside Einstein's Universe" and "Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists." Finally, visitors should look over the Opportunities area as it contains information for science researchers and those seeking postdoctoral fellowships.
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