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.
Peering over the shoulder of giant Saturn, through its rings and across interplanetary space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft spies the bright (white dot), cloudy terrestrial planet, Venus. This is a true-color picture of Saturn and Venus. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
An analemma is that figure-8 curve that you get when you mark the position of the Sun at the same time each day throughout the year. In this case, 17 individual images taken at 0231 UT on dates between April 2 and September 16 follow half the analemma curve, looking east toward the rising sun and the Caspian sea from the boardwalk in the port of Baku, Azerbaijan. Image credit: Tunç Tezel (TWAN)
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)
Early morning dog walkers got a visual treat last week as bright stars and planets appeared to line up. In this image, it is easily visible from left to right, were the Pleiades open star cluster, Jupiter, Venus, and the “Follower” orange giant star Aldebaran, all seen before a starry background. Image credit: Yuri Beletsky (Las Campanas Observatory, Carnegie Institution for Science)