Heavenly bodies: Out of this world happenings in 2012

Heavenly bodies: Out of this world happenings in 2012

Summary: Geek out with eclipses, meteor showers and robotic machines landing on Mars. Check out what is happening across the skies in 2012.

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TOPICS: Nasa / Space
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  • Sky map showing where to look to see the Perseid meteor shower occurring around August 13th and 14th

     

    Credit: NASA

  • Neptune is the eighth and the farthest planet from the Sun. It is the fourth largest planet and, like Neptune, is classed as an ice giant. This blue planet will be closest to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun.

    Due to its distance it will appear as a tiny blue dot unless you have a very powerful telescope.

     

    Credit: NASA

  • Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun. It is the third largest in size and visible to the naked eye. This blue-green ice giant will be at its closest approach to the Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun.

    It has a ring system and numerous moons. The axis of rotation is different to every other planet in the solar system. It is tilted almost horizontally, so its poles are aligned along where the equator would be on most other planets.

    Due to its distance it will appear as a tiny blue-green dot unless you have a very powerful telescope.

     

    Credit: NASA

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  • OMG Uranus !

    You appear to be on a major mission to thoroughly waste all of our lives on your ridiculous Slide Shows. Let's get back to responsible photo-journalism PLEASE.
    Regulus