Tag: planets

May 11, 2016

This Rare Mercury Transit Timelapse Really Puts the Colossal Size of Our Sun in Perspective

This Rare Mercury Transit Timelapse Really Puts the Colossal Size of Our Sun in Perspective

Mercury is roughly 1/3 the size of Earth and you can fit about 1.3 million Earths inside the Sun…

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May 4, 2016

Picture of the Day: Saturn’s Little Water World

Picture of the Day: Saturn’s Little Water World

The water-world Enceladus appears here to sit atop Saturn’s rings like a drop of dew upon a leaf

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Oct 15, 2015

Picture of the Day: Blue Skies on Pluto

Picture of the Day: Blue Skies on Pluto

Incredible when you think how far from Earth this picture was taken from.

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Sep 17, 2015

A Group of Friends Build the Solar System to Scale in the Middle of the Desert

A Group of Friends Build the Solar System to Scale in the Middle of the Desert

On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe.

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Jul 31, 2015

Picture of the Day: Pluto Says Farewell To New Horizons

Picture of the Day: Pluto Says Farewell To New Horizons

Pluto sends a breathtaking farewell to New Horizons. Backlit by the sun, Pluto’s atmosphere rings its silhouette like a luminous halo.

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Jul 15, 2015

The Clearest Photo of Pluto Yet

The Clearest Photo of Pluto Yet

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft has travelled nearly 3 billion miles in 9.5 years, and is our first ever mission to Pluto and beyond.

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Mar 18, 2015

Picture of the Day: Earth from Mars and Mars from Earth

Picture of the Day: Earth from Mars and Mars from Earth

Left Photo NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU | Right Photo Bill Dunford In this fascinating comparison photo we see a view of Earth from Mars (as seen by NASA’s Curiosity rover) and Mars from Earth as captured by Bill Dunford. Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second smallest planet in the Solar System after…

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Mar 17, 2015

Picture of the Day: Buzz Aldrin’s Message to the Cosmos

Picture of the Day: Buzz Aldrin’s Message to the Cosmos

Photograph by James O. Davies via Buzz Aldrin on Twitter While visiting Stonehenge, astronaut Buzz Aldrin sent a “message” to the Cosmos, urging NASA to “get their ass to Mars”. Aldrin was the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11 and became the second person to ever walk on the moon at 03:15:16 (UTC) on…

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Feb 8, 2015

43 Minute Real Time Journey from the Sun to Jupiter at the Speed of Light

43 Minute Real Time Journey from the Sun to Jupiter at the Speed of Light

Light travels at a speed of 299,792 km per second (186,282 mps). That’s fast. Jupiter is 778,500,000 km (483,737,000 miles) from the Sun. That’s far. To try to convey the vastness of space, Alphonse Swinehart created this animation to illustrate that even at the blistering speed of light, it takes over 43 minutes just…

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Nov 30, 2014

Putting Our Solar System Into Perspective

Putting Our Solar System Into Perspective

This amazing graphic was created by Roberto Ziche and shows our solar system to scale. Roberto explains: “At the Chabot Space and Science Center there were some old, poor quality images, probably downloaded from internet and printed on office paper, showing the Sun and the planets to scale. I found the images content to…

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