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About Cosmos Portal

The Cosmos Portal focuses on astronomy and space sciences.

The Cosmos Portal  is a gateway on the Web to astronomy and space science. We invite astronomy professionals to publish articles, blogs, news items, image galleries, videos, class notes, lectures, powerpoint presentations, and links to other high quality websites or other educational material. In parallel, amateur astronomy organizations and amateur astronomers & telescope makers are invited to start websites in the Community Sites. To start your site, simply begin by Creating a Website.

The Cosmos Portal  is a gateway on the Web to free, non-commercial expert-reviewed content in the fields of astronomy and space science, providing:

  • Essential information on the Solar System, stars, galaxies, interplanetary and interstellar space, and the Universe is organized and presented in an engaging and accurate way.
  • The latest discoveries from NASA, the European Space Agency and other organizations.
  • The Cosmos Portal is a place where scientists can come together to engage the public in the excitement of cosmic discovery.
      

 

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Terms of Use Last Updated on 2009-01-27 00:00:00 The on-line Digital Universe is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Descriptions of, or references to, products, publications or websites do not imply endorsement of those products, publications or websites Neither the Digital Universe nor its sponsors, stewards, affiliates, and staff, shall be liable to you or any other party for any special, incidental, indirect or consequential damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with inaccuracies, errors, or omissions in the portals or webpages published in the Digital Universe or websites linked from the Digital Universe, whether or not advised of the possibility of damage, and on any theory of liability. The Digital Universe is always under development, and changes may be made in the portals, webpages or links at any time.... More »
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License Last Updated on 2009-01-27 00:00:00 The text in the Encyclopedia of the Cosmos is meant to be freely available to users who may copy, modify and distribute that content, so long as the new version grants the same freedoms to others and attributes the content to the authors of the Encyclopedia of the Cosmos article used. To achieve this goal, the text contained in the Encyclopedia of the Cosmos is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons license known as Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5. The full text of this license is here. It is reproduced below from the Creative Commons site.   Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 CREATIVE COMMONS CORPORATION IS NOT A LAW FIRM AND DOES NOT PROVIDE LEGAL SERVICES. DISTRIBUTION OF THIS LICENSE DOES NOT CREATE AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP. CREATIVE COMMONS PROVIDES THIS INFORMATION ON AN "AS-IS" BASIS. CREATIVE COMMONS MAKES NO WARRANTIES REGARDING THE INFORMATION... More »
EoC - Fair Use Last Updated on 2009-01-27 00:00:00 "Fair use" is a legal exception to copyright control. Common examples of fair use include copying or quoting for the purposes of commentary, criticism, research, scholarship, news reporting, and classroom teaching. Four factors must be balanced in each case to determine whether a specific use is fair: The purpose and character of the use — whether the new use is commercial, nonprofit, or educational, among other relevant characteristics; and whether it is "transformative" or merely substitutes for the original. For-profit enterprises generally have less latitude as to the "fairness" of their use than do non-profit enterprises. More important than commerciality is whether a use is "transformative" or merely substitutes for the original work. A use that transforms the original in some way — for instance, a book review that quotes... More »
FAQ: How Do I Create Image Captions? Last Updated on 2008-12-24 00:00:00 Methods for placing images within an article. As is often the case, there is more than one way to add captions to images. Here are a few: Simple insert image with caption in text body. Table image captioning. "Div" tags. I don't really expect EoC Authors to deal with the more complex coding methods. So, just add your images as you normally would without image-caption-boxes, using the CK-editor under "Body Text," using "Insert/Edit Image" to place images where you want them, and then the caption in a line-break or paragraph below the image.  (Leave the article in Pending status.) Then, simply send me an e-mail letting me know you'd like image-caption boxes created around the images. In your email, please be sure to tell me the title of the article, and copy the URL/Web-adress for the article.  I will take care of the... More »
A Sample "Encyclopedia of the Cosmos" Article Last Updated on 2008-10-28 00:00:00 Editor's Note: This is a sample article for your guidance on formatting conventions and general article layout. Conventions: By convention, we use "Heading 2" as top level. You may use "Heading 1" if you choose.  Further, not all heading types below are required, rather we offer them here as a suggestion of possibilites. Also, please list the source of your images in either the body of your article, or within the paragraph immediately after the image. Please list the source of your "Preview Image" in the body of your article or at least in "Publishing Notes" within the Edit screen for your article. Questions?  Please contact Matthew Wallace, EoC Associate Editor. Sample Article Below... The Introduction should summarize key points, provide a context, and explain why the subject is interesting or... More »