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.
Jupiter‘s moon Io is the most volcanically active world in the Solar System, with hundreds of volcanoes, some erupting lava fountains up to 250 miles high. Image © NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory B (STEREO-B) while observing the turbulent outer atmosphere (corona) of the Sun, gathered a novel view of our home planet and a celestial visitor in the inner solar system, Comet PanSTARRS. Image © NASA/GSFC/STEREO. Caption by Michael Carlowicz.
Valles Marineris greatest Canyon in our Solar System (or Mariner Valley), is 4000 km (2500 mi) long and reaches depths of up to 7 km (4 mi)! Image credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)
Artist rendition of the formation of rocky bodies in the solar system – how they form and differentiate and evolve into terrestrial planets. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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