Astral Mining Corporation
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Astral Mining Corporation

December 11, 2006 15:12 ET

Astral Reports Soil Anomalies on REF Gold Property, Battle Mountain Trend, Nevada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 11, 2006) - Astral Mining Corporation (TSX VENTURE:AST)(Frankfurt WKN# A0JDX3) is pleased to report on the geochemical and geophysical surface exploration programs carried out over the summer on its 100%-owned REF gold property located along the southern portion of the prolific Battle Mountain - Eureka mineral trend of central Nevada. Several combined geochemical-geophysical anomalies have been identified and the Company is planning a Phase I drill program for 2007.

The REF property is situated approximately 28 km south of the town of Eureka, Nevada, and covers an area 1 km by 3 km. The exploration target on the property is a carbonate-hosted disseminated gold deposit within the Nevada Formation and/or Pogonip Group. The Gold Bar deposit, located 50 km to the north of REF is hosted in similar Nevada Formation carbonates.

The REF property is underlain by carbonate rocks mapped as belonging to the Nevada Formation. Exposures of continuous to discontinuous massive calcite veins, ranging up to 15m in thickness, occur within a zone of sheared carbonate and calcite veining, up to 60m wide, extending over a strike length of greater than 2.7km along an east-facing range front near the pediment contact. Locally the calcite veining is replaced by red-coloured jasperoid. Gold values in 46 rock samples collected from the property by Astral since its initial staking range between less than 3 and 359 ppb gold and less than 0.1 to 11.9 ppm silver. Higher gold values are associated with jasperoidal zones within the carbonate-dominant vein system. A small knob of outcrop protruding through the pediment east of the range front has several small historical trenches and one shallow shaft. Reportedly, Nerco Minerals Company drilled 4 shallow holes in the area in the 1980's with unknown results.

Recently, a total of 384 soil samples were collected along northwest oriented lines spaced 150m apart. Samples were collected on 15 or 30m intervals (see Figure 1). Gold analyses from the soils range from less than 3 to 182 ppb gold. The strongest multi-station gold soil anomaly occurs over three lines in the central portion of the property. Several other anomalies (greater than 25 ppb gold) were identified in the northern and southern parts of the claim. A strong north-northeast linear structure defined by the ground magnetics corresponds to the carbonate vein trend, defines the range front and also lines up with the soil anomalies and many of the anomalous rock chip samples (see Figure 1). The magnetic signature decreases south across the property, abrupt changes may represent manifestations of northwest-oriented structures. As well, a discrete magnetic high occurs in the west central portion of the property, potentially reflecting a buried intrusive. Astral intends to conduct a preliminary drill test of the main targets during the 2007 field season.

All analytical results reported on herein were carried out by American Assay, Inc. of Sparks Nevada, a recognized laboratory. Work on the project was carried out under the supervision of Qualified Person John Rice, C.P.G. The technical information contained in this release has also been reviewed by Dr. David A. Terry, P.Geo., Vice President Exploration for Astral and a Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101.

Astral Mining Corporation is a Canadian-based company engaged in the exploration and development of precious mineral properties in North America. By focusing on exploration in mining-friendly districts the company minimizes the political and social risks encountered in many other parts of the world. With an experienced technical team and seasoned management Astral is poised to leverage this expertise into early exploration success.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Mr. Manfred Kurschner, President & CEO

Cautionary Note to US Investors: This news release may contain information about adjacent properties on which we have no right to explore or mine. We advise U.S. investors that the SEC's mining guidelines strictly prohibit information of this type in documents filed with the SEC. U.S. investors are cautioned that mineral deposits on adjacent properties are not indicative of mineral deposits on our properties. This news release may contain forward-looking statements including but not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, receipt of property titles, potential mineral recovery processes, etc. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements.

To view Figure 1: REF Project Geochemistry and Total Field Magnetics please click on the following link: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/astFIG1.jpg

2006 Number 15


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