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Blue Marble image of Earth (2005) Featured Solar System Print

Blue Marble image of Earth (2005)

Blue Marble image of Earth. Composite satellite image of Earth's western hemisphere, centred on the Atlantic Ocean. North is at top. The image is one of a set entitled Blue Marble: Next Generation, released in October 2005, which improves upon Blue Marble 2000. The new images combine data collected over a longer period of time at an improved resolution of 500 metres per pixel. Features include cloud cover, oceans, phytoplankton activity, topography, and city lights in the nighttime part of the hemisphere. Data was obtained mainly by NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra and Aqua satellites between July 2001 and July 2004. Topography is based on radar data collected by the Space Shuttle Endeavor

© Nasa Earth Observatory/Science Photo Library

Transit of Venus, historical artwork Featured Solar System Print

Transit of Venus, historical artwork

Transit of Venus, historical artwork. These drawings of the transit of Venus across the Sun were produced by Captain James Cook (1728-1779) and Charles Green (1735-1771). Cook and Green both travelled to Tahiti to view the 1769 transit. When Venus passes directly between the Earth and the Sun, it is seen as a small disc that obscures part of the Sun. This phenomenon is rare, as it occurs in pairs that are spaced by eight years and each pair then has over 100 years between them. Only seven Venus transits have occurred since the invention of the telescope (in 1631, 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874, 1882 and 2004). The next 21st century transit is on 6th June 2012. Engraving from Philosophical Transactions volume 61 (1772)

© Royal Astronomical Society/Science Photo Library

Mars Featured Solar System Print


Mars. Computer artwork of the planet Mars (left), partially illuminated by the Sun (upper right). Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun, the next one out after Earth, around 78 million kilometres further out at around 228 million kilometres from the Sun. It is around half the diameter of Earth, being about 6800 kilometres across. Mars is one of the rocky planets of the inner solar system. Its surface terrain is mostly cratered, though there are rift valleys and volcanic mountains. It has a thin atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide. Frozen water exists beneath the ice caps of frozen carbon dioxide in the polar regions, but Mars distance from the Sun makes it too cold for liquid water

© Roger Harris/Science Photo Library