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Solar system map from 1853 Featured Mercury Print

Solar system map from 1853

Historical map of the solar system, published in Germany in 1853. The main diagram shows the orbits of the first seven planets out to Uranus. Neptune had been discovered in 1846, but is only shown on the list at upper left. Pluto was not discovered until 1930. The phases of the Moon are illustrated at lower left. Details of Saturn's rings are shown at upper right, while conjunctions of Mercury and Venus are shown at lower right. The main diagram, drawn to scale, shows how the inner solar system is tiny when compared to the vast distances of the outer solar system. The highly elliptical orbits of comets are shown, as well as the asteroid belt

© Detlev Van Ravenswaay/Science Photo Library

MESSENGER spacecraft at Mercury, artwork Featured Mercury Print

MESSENGER spacecraft at Mercury, artwork

MESSENGER spacecraft at Mercury, computer artwork. MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) is a robotic NASA spacecraft orbiting the planet Mercury, the first spacecraft ever to do so. It was launched aboard a Delta II rocket in August 2004 with the aim of studying Mercury's chemical composition, geology, and magnetic field. It is equipped with an array of scientific instruments and has solar panels (black) for power generation. The 3.6-metre-long boom carries a magnetometer (lower right) that will be used to map Mercury's magnetic field and search for magnetised rocks in the planet's crust. A sunshade (top left) protects the spacecraft from the intense heat of the Sun

© CARLOS CLARIVAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Venus transiting the Sun, telescope image Featured Mercury Print

Venus transiting the Sun, telescope image

Gliese 436b is a mid-sized exoplanet roughly the size of Neptune in our own Solar System. It orbits its parent star, the red dwarf Gliese 436, at an extremely close-in distance of just 0.03 astronomical units, taking 2.64 days to go around once. By contrast, Mercury orbits at more than 10 times this distance from the Sun and takes 88 days. Gliese 436b was found using the transit method of discovery, whereby the planet -- as seen from the Earth -- passes first in front of and then behind its parent star. During these events, called transits, the brightness of the system is modulated, enabling astronomers to infer the presence of a planet and calculate its orbital period and mass using the laws of motion

© DAVID NUNUK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY