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11 Must See Skywatching Events for 2014; including: Mars takes the celestial stage Tuesday night (April 8) when it lines up with the Earth and sun in a kind of cosmic preview to the Red Planet's closest approach to Earth during a total lunar eclipse later this month.

11 Must See Skywatching Events for 2014; including: Mars takes the celestial stage Tuesday night (April 8) when it lines up with the Earth and sun in a kind of cosmic preview to the Red Planet's closest approach to Earth during a total lunar eclipse later this month.

Check out our 10 Facts About Mercury #Infographic!  http://astronomyisawesome.com/infographics/10-facts-about-mercury/  With #Mercury being the closest planet to the Sun, it’s very difficult to send spacecraft there to visit it, gather information and relay that back to us here on Earth. Nonetheless, we compiled all we know into this awesome infographic!

Check out our 10 Facts About Mercury #Infographic! http://astronomyisawesome.com/infographics/10-facts-about-mercury/ With #Mercury being the closest planet to the Sun, it’s very difficult to send spacecraft there to visit it, gather information and relay that back to us here on Earth. Nonetheless, we compiled all we know into this awesome infographic!

Nasa has released an image taken by the probe's Visual and Infrared Spectrometer (Virs) to reveal distinct features such as volcanic vents and fresh craters. To highlight the geological features, the images have been overlain on a black and white mosaic from the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)

Messenger reveals close-ups of Mercury's sun-scorched surface

Nasa has released an image taken by the probe's Visual and Infrared Spectrometer (Virs) to reveal distinct features such as volcanic vents and fresh craters. To highlight the geological features, the images have been overlain on a black and white mosaic from the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)

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 ...

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 ...

How Far Away Are Our Nearest Stars? Graphic created by Space.com showing that the closest stars and their accompanying solar systems

How Far Away Are Our Nearest Stars? Graphic created by Space.com showing that the closest stars and their accompanying solar systems

We are all in the same 'LIFEBOAT' and ALL will die if our wee blue marble is too badly damaged by sustain life =Scientists confirm that Venus (the planet closest to Earth ,not Mars as people think) Venus once had oceans millions of years ago ( as did Mars )Both lost their water due to gradual global warming destroying their atmosphere, their fate was caused by gradual natural causes such as volcanic activity - Earth is deteriorating much more rapidly due to human activity , no atmosphere…

We are all in the same 'LIFEBOAT' and ALL will die if our wee blue marble is too badly damaged by sustain life =Scientists confirm that Venus (the planet closest to Earth ,not Mars as people think) Venus once had oceans millions of years ago ( as did Mars )Both lost their water due to gradual global warming destroying their atmosphere, their fate was caused by gradual natural causes such as volcanic activity - Earth is deteriorating much more rapidly due to human activity , no atmosphere…

Venus | Venus Pictures – Photos, Pics & Images of the Planet Venus

Venus | Venus Pictures – Photos, Pics & Images of the Planet Venus

Sacred Nature - our beautiful small world.<3 We are citizens of the planet. Borders exist only in the mind.

Sacred Nature - our beautiful small world.<3 We are citizens of the planet. Borders exist only in the mind.

I love this simple way of using brads and paper to teach kiddo how the earth rotates and orbits the sun, and how the moon does, too.

I love this simple way of using brads and paper to teach kiddo how the earth rotates and orbits the sun, and how the moon does, too.

TONIGHT......Supermoon is a spectacular sight! The upcoming supermoon - on Monday, Nov. 14 - will be especially "super" because it's the closest full moon to Earth since 1948. We won't see another supermoon like this until 2034. The moon's orbit around Earth is slightly elliptical so sometimes it is closer and sometimes it's farther away. When the moon is full as it makes its closest pass to Earth it is known as a supermoon. At perigree - the point at which the moon is closest to Earth.

TONIGHT......Supermoon is a spectacular sight! The upcoming supermoon - on Monday, Nov. 14 - will be especially "super" because it's the closest full moon to Earth since 1948. We won't see another supermoon like this until 2034. The moon's orbit around Earth is slightly elliptical so sometimes it is closer and sometimes it's farther away. When the moon is full as it makes its closest pass to Earth it is known as a supermoon. At perigree - the point at which the moon is closest to Earth.

Astronomers have announced the discovery of planet Kepler-452b, orbiting a star very much like the sun but older and hotter.

Astronomers have announced the discovery of planet Kepler-452b, orbiting a star very much like the sun but older and hotter.

Chart of conditions on the planet Venus #Venus is the second planet closest to the Sun and the hottest. Find out other cool facts about this planet: http://astronomyisawesome.com/solar-systems/cool-facts-about-venus/ #astronomy

Chart of conditions on the planet Venus #Venus is the second planet closest to the Sun and the hottest. Find out other cool facts about this planet: http://astronomyisawesome.com/solar-systems/cool-facts-about-venus/ #astronomy

I want to go here just because it's the closest I'd ever get to being on an alien planet.

The mysterious island of Socotra…

I want to go here just because it's the closest I'd ever get to being on an alien planet.

TRAPPIST-1c is the second closest planet to the star, orbiting in a near-circular orbit at a distance of only 2.27 million km (0.015 AU). It is approximately 1.38 times the mass of the Earth, but only 6% larger in radius, suggesting it has a silicate rocky composition similar to Earth, but with a slightly larger iron core. It has a mean surface temperature of 342 K (69°C) – considered too hot for surface water or Earth-like life to be present.

TRAPPIST-1c is the second closest planet to the star, orbiting in a near-circular orbit at a distance of only 2.27 million km (0.015 AU). It is approximately 1.38 times the mass of the Earth, but only 6% larger in radius, suggesting it has a silicate rocky composition similar to Earth, but with a slightly larger iron core. It has a mean surface temperature of 342 K (69°C) – considered too hot for surface water or Earth-like life to be present.