Stellar cartography - the planets to scale

♥ A graphic showing all 8 planets in our solar system, Mercury through to Neptune, to scale where one pixel = km. Scales were worked out with this very useful solar system scale calculator. Find out more about the planets on the Planet Facts page.

Moon, Jupiter, Moons. The simple truth that Galileo observed - and damned him during his life.

Cristian Fattinnanzi : This incredible photo was taken on July Lined up left to right beyond the dark lunar limb are Callisto, Ganymede, Jupiter, Io, and Europa.

Total solar eclipse above Queensland, 13 November 2012.

2012 November 15 - Solar Eclipse over Queensland - Image Credit & Copyright: Phil Hart Solar Eclipse over Queensland Image Credit & Copyright: Phil Hart

Nature == Art. The Horsehead Nebula.

Wisps Surrounding the Horsehead Nebula Image Credit & Copyright: Star Shadows Remote Observatory [APOD]

Just one of the many world out there: Mars. The NASA Rover Curiosity takes a good picture of Mt Sharp.

Curiosity on Mars: Mt. Sharp in View // What's that on the horizon? The light peak is Mt. Sharp -- an eventual destination of the Curiosity rover.

Calvin by Bill Watterson strikes again, by showing our place in the universe.

"Screamed the dust speck. Reminds me of this poem. A Man Said to the Universe by Stephen Crane . A man said to the universe: “Sir, I exist!" “However,” replied the universe, “The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.

Beautiful comic by an unknown author (tips welcome). Halley's Comet is a so-called short-period comet which is visible every 76 years with the naked eye. If you were young when the comet came by in 1986, you *might* be able to see it again when you're old in 2061. It's the only comet with short enough rotation that any human might hope to see it twice.

exist for a mere blink of an eye in astronomical terms.