A creative image of the last Venus Transit, in 2004. Photo credit: David Finlay via spaceweather.com. Find a local observatory or astronomy club to get a glimpse of this afternoon's transit! http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2012/about/event_locations.php
24 hrs of Solar Flare Onslought! - July 2, 2012: Amazing video. Solar activity continued at moderate levels on Sunday with a pair of M-Class flares around Sunspot 1513. The largest of these events was an M2.8 flare @ 19:18 UTC Sunday afternoon. Sunspot 1515 located in the southern hemisphere is largest region on the visible solar disk, but has so far only produced C-Class solar flares. Both 1513 and 1515 retain Beta-Gamma magnetic configurations and may produce additonal M-Class flares on…
Late afternoon in Gale Crater, Curiosity sol 49 As the Sun set on sol 49 (September 25, 2012), Curiosity used its Navigation Camera to take a panoramic view of the dramatically lit landscape. In this version, Damien Bouic has colorized the grayscale Navcam data with color thumbnails from a Mastcam panorama taken under higher sun conditions.
Large, Fresh Crater Found on Mars - The crater at the center of this May 9, 2014, image is 159 feet (48.5 meters) wide. It resulted from an impact that occurred in the interval between daily Mars-afternoon observations on March 27 and March 28, 2012, as determined from before-and-after observations of a large impact scar and of the largest and second-largest craters. It is the biggest fresh impact crater anywhere -- not just on Mars -- ever clearly confirmed by before-and-after images.
Full-Circle Vista from 'Naukluft Plateau' on Mars This mid-afternoon 360-degree panorama was acquired by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on April 4 2016 as part of long-term campaign to document the context and details of the geology and landforms along Curiosity's traverse since landing in August 2012.
You can view the Transit of Venus across the Sun on Tuesday 6/5/2012 afternoon using a pair of binoculars and a sheet of white paper. Leave the caps on or cover one side and use the other to project an image. DO NOT LOOK AT THE SUN DIRECTLY OR THROUGH THE BINOCULARS!