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.
NASA has just launched a beautiful new interactive image gallery, in honor of Earth Month 2013, with spectacular images and visualizations to help understand the latest of Earth science and our changing planet. Image © NASA/Kathryn Hansen source NASA
For the exploration of our planet and of others, researchers sent a probe under the Antarctic ice in January 2013. For nearly a decade, engineers have crafted various tools and methods to see what lurks below the thick ice sheets of Antarctica, Greenland, and other ice-covered landscapes.
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.
A Super-Earth likely a diamond planethas ben discovered by researchers at the Yale University. It’s about a rocky planet twice Earth’s size orbiting a nearby star. llustration of 55 Cancri e, a super-Earth that’s thought to have a thick layer of diamond (Yale News/Haven Giguere)
An international team of astronomers have discovered the first evidence of a planet’s destruction by its aging star. The evidence indicates that the missing planet was devoured as the star began expanding into a “red giant” (advanced aged star). An artist’s impression of a red supergiant engulfing a Jupiter-like planet as it expands. Credit: NASA
Rodney Gomes, an astronomer at the National Observatory of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, says that the distortion to orbits of asteroids at the end of our solar system, beyond Pluto, imply that a mystery planet is orbiting our sun. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
This illustration shows the 63 hot Jupiter systems, planetary systems with Jupiter-size planet candidates in three-day orbits, and their stars as well as approximate stellar colors, all shown at the same relative scale. Credit: Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics/J Steffen