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Hubble telescope spots signs of water on five planets~ If you dream of colonizing distant worlds, here’s welcome news: NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted signs of water on five faraway planets, according to two studies.

Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun and due to its proximity it is not easily seen except during twilight. For every two orbits of the Sun Mercury completes three rotations about its axis and up until 1965 it was thought that the same side of Mercury constantly faced the Sun. Thirteen times a century Mercury can be observed from Earth passing across the face of the Sun in an event called a transit, the next will occur on the 9th May 2016. This dataset was created using data from the…

Galactic Constellations: The Moons of the #Solar System. Dan Matutina's guide to the size of #moons in the solar system for Visual New's Data+Design Project.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot. The Great Red Spot is a great anti-cyclonic (high pressure) storm akin to a hurricane on Earth, but it is enormous (three Earths would fit within its boundaries) and it has persisted for at least the 400 years that humans have observed it through telescopes. Since it is anti-cyclonic in Jupiter's Southern hemisphere, the rotation is counterclockwise, with a period of about 6 days. (A hurricane in Earth's Southern hemisphere rotates clockwise.)

This image shows a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust within the Carina Nebula, 7,500 light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation Carina.

Earth Orbit Time Lapse

My # ! Top Choice where I want to be. Time lapse video from images taken earlier this month from the ISS..

Shown here is Olympus Mons, the largest volcano and the largest mountain in the solar system. Here it is compared to the state of Arizona. This is obviously one big volcano. -- Marin Tchen

A mini infographic of a mini solar system - Three alien planets, among the smallest known, orbit a red dwarf star in a solar system resembling the planet Jupiter and its moons. #infographic

Eclipse of Venus -- NASA’s Picture of the Day on Aug.20, 2013. Usually it is the Earth’s Moon that eclipses the Sun. Last June, most unusually, the planet Venus took a turn. Pictured above during the occultation, the Sun was imaged in three colors of ultraviolet light by the Earth-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory, with the dark region toward the right corresponding to a coronal hole. The next Venusian solar eclipse will occur in 2117.