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 Astronomy Online on the Shortlist for Top International Honor for Web Sites


PACIFICA, CA APRIL 11, 2006 – The Webby Awards, the leading international honor for web sites, today nominated Astronomy Online for the Best Science Web site of 2006. The site is produced by Ricky Leon and Chanthirar Murphy. Winners will be announced on May 9, 2006 and honored at The Tenth Annual Webby Awards in New York City on June 12th.

Hailed as the “online Oscars” by Time Magazine, The Webby Awards are determined by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization with a membership that includes musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, and fashion designer Max Azria.

“The Webby Awards honors the outstanding web sites that are setting the standards for the internet,” said Tiffany Shlain, founder and ambassador of The Webby Awards.  “Astronomy Online’s Webby Award nomination is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.”

“I certainly did not expect to be nominated along with some of the top science organizations like JPL and NASA. It’s like a validation of the work I do – to provide valuable resources for amateur astronomers,” said Ricky Murphy, Astronomer and website owner. "This is a testament of what amateur astronomers are capable of. It is an honor to be nominated."

As a nominee for a Webby Award, Astronomy Online is also eligible to win a People's Voice Award. Voting is open to the public from April 11th to May 5th at

The Tenth Annual Webby Awards received a record number of entries from over 40 countries and all 50 states.

Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards are known worldwide for its famous five-words-or-less acceptance speeches. 

About Astronomy Online:
Originally designed as a student resource for the website founder, Astronomy Online has evolved to a resource for Astronomy by providing summary information, important data on astronomical phenomenon, advanced topics in the form of essay’s, research data, links to additional resources, an image gallery and web forums. The format is designed for anyone with an interest in Astronomy and all major topics are covered: Observation, Basic Science, the Solar System, Stars, Galaxies, Cosmology, Astrobiology, Exoplanets and Astrophotography.

About The Webby Awards:
Called the “Oscars of the Internet” by the New York Times, the Webby is the leading international award honoring excellence in Web design, creativity, usability and functionality.  Established in 1996, the 10th Annual Webby Awards received over 5,500 entries from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide.  The Webby Awards are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.  Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: The Creative Group; Verizon; Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek magazines; Fortune;  OnRequest Images; IDG; iStockphoto; American Marketing Association; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced Studios; MX Interactive and Museum of the Moving Image.  For more information visit


About the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS):
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the creative, technical, and professional progress of the internet and interactive media. The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes over 500 members consisting of leading experts in a diverse range of fields, such as musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, business guru and author Tom Peters, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, fashion designer Max Azria, “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening and Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser.   The Webby Awards and The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences are registered trademarks of International Data Group.  For more information, visit

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