xkcd.com presentes this image that shows all known planets, including those in our solar system. Click image for larger version.
This is our solar system.
The rest of these orbit other stars and were only discovered recently.
Most of them are huge because those are the kind we learned detect first, nut now we’re finding that small ones are actually more common.
We know nothing about what’s on any of them. With better telescopes, that would change.
This is an exciting time.
Image courtesy T.A. Rector, UAA, and N.S. van der Bliek, NOAO/NSF
If you love unusual star birth, than this is the nebula you’re looking for.
Called Monoceros R2, the interstellar cloud of gas and dust glows deep red in this recently released image due to its abundant ionized hydrogen. The picture was made using data from the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.
Although this cloud lies close to the Orion nebula, another region of star birth, Monoceros R2 isn’t forming stars at the same rate or of the same heft as its neighbor, and astronomers aren’t sure why.
It’s only fitting that one of the most breathtaking photographs of this weekend’s Lyrid meteor shower would be captured from the rim of Oregon’s Crater Lake. (via The most spectacular photograph of last weekend’s Lyrid meteor shower)
Photograph by Kae Horng Mau, Your Shot
The soft lights of our Milky Way galaxy flow across the sky over Mount Kinabalu, a mountain peak on the Malaysian side of the island of Borneo, in a picture taken February 27 and released this week.
The mountain reaches 13,435 feet (4,095 meters) above sea level, offering relatively clear views of the night sky from high above the clouds.
“The whole family lived here. We were nocturnal.”