Category Archives: Planets

Earth like planets

Exoplanets (planets of stars other than our own sun) are very exciting for scientists, especially when they are similar to our own earth, because they could teach us a lot about the formation of our planet. Keep reading if you … Continue reading

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December 3 – Jupiter At Opposition

Astronomy lovers will enjoy the spectacle that will unfold on December 3. This is the time that Jupiter comes in opposition to the sun. When a planet reaches opposition, it means that it is not only the brightest that it … Continue reading

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November 27- Conjunction Of Venus And Saturn

For those who have a fascination with either Venus or Saturn, you will have a treat when both are seen together On November 27, 2012. Star gazers will want to pay particular attention on this day as Venus and Saturn … Continue reading

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September 29 – Uranus At Opposition

On September 29, 2012, the planet Uranus will be considered to be “close” to the planet earth. The distance separating the two planets only will be 19.1 AU (1 AU equals approximately 150 million kilometers). This makes the planet Uranus … Continue reading

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Color photo of Mars surface

If you are not afraid of very large image files (this one is over 9MB large), have a look at this high-resolution picture that the recently landed curiosity rover sent to earth: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpeg/PIA16051.jpg It is the first high resolution pic … Continue reading

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August 24 – Neptune At Opposition

The blue planet of Neptune will be considered at close proximity to earth on August 24, 2012. However, to view this planet during this time you will need a strong telescope. Even though the planet will be the largest and … Continue reading

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August 6 – Curiosity Rover At Mars

The Curiosity Rover is scheduled to touch down on the red planet of Mars on August 16, 2012. If the landing is successful, the rover will have completed a journey totaling 352 million miles. Not only is the distance extreme, … Continue reading

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June 5 and 6: Transit Of Venus Across The Sun

The transit of Venus is a very rare phenomenon and will next occur on June 5 and 6, 2012. If you happen to miss this extraordinary event, you will not have another opportunity within your lifetime since the next occurrence … Continue reading

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April 15 – Saturn at Opposition

On April 15, 2012, the planet Saturn will be in opposition. This means that the planet will be opposite to the sun when viewed from the earth. Being opposite to the sun means that it will rise when the sun … Continue reading

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A Spectacular Event is Coming to the Sky Soon

A great spectacle is coming to the sky soon. If you are an adherent of astronomy, you are probably aware that the two brightest planets are Jupiter and Venus. Just imagine the spectacle in the sky when the two will … Continue reading

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