Imagine to place New York City on another planet in our solar system. Life of course would cease to exist at least as we know it. You will realize once more that our beautiful blue planet is very rare. The following illustrations were made with the help of Marilyn Vogel.
This colorful view of Mercury, the innermost Planet, was produced by using images from the color base map imaging campaign during MESSENGER’s primary mission. Image © NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington.
Evidence for water ice and frozen organic materials at Mercury‘s Poles, inside permanently shadowed craters, according to new observations by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington/National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center, Arecibo Observatory
In those images of the sun can you spot the planet Mercury, the solar system’s innermost planet? It took about five hours crossing in front of the enormous solar disk in 2003, as viewed from the general vicinity of planet Earth. Image credit SOHO – EIT Consortium, NASA. Need help spotting Mercury?… click here
Have you ever seen the planet Mercury? Because Mercury orbits so close to the Sun, it never wanders far from the Sun in Earth’s sky. If trailing the Sun, Mercury will be visible low on the horizon for only a short while after sunset. Photographer Juan Carlos Casado
The photo above shows a gathering of planets and the waning crescent Moon as captured from Tivoli, Namibia in Africa, just before dawn on May 30, 2011. The “Big Five” in Africa refers to the top five big game animals; lion, leopard, rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, and elephant. Photographer: Eduard von Bergen.
Willian Souza captured this photo of the Crescent Moon, Pleiades and Mercury on April 26, 2009.