A remarkable image that captures the annular solar eclipse of May 20, 2012 at Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River in Northern Arizona. Horseshoe Bend is a looping meander entrenched into the bedrock. Image credit: Clinton Melander; Clint’s Web site
XKCD published an infographic a few weeks ago, showing 786 known exoplanets (planets orbiting suns other than our own) in our Milky Way galaxy, and the Planetary Habitability Laboratory has released an interactive version of that map. Go to the interactive map.
Bright Venus and Jupiter still rise together before dawn. The peaceful waters by a small lakeside house near Stuttgart, Germany reflect their graceful arcing trails in this composited series of exposures, recorded on the morning of July 26. Image credit: Stefan Seip (TWAN)
Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) astronomers has shown that most very bright high-mass stars, which drive the evolution of galaxies, do not live alone. Many of such binaries transfer mass from one star to another, a kind of stellar vampirism depicted in this artist’s impression. Image credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser/S.E. de Mink
A storm of comets around a star near our own, called Eta Corvi, is sawn in this artist’s conception. Evidence for this barrage comes from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, whose infrared detectors picked up indications that comets were recently torn to shreds after colliding with a rocky body. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech