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The Eta Aquarids can be a spectacular meteor shower. It peaks each year around early May and in the case of this year’s shower, the peak is expected in the morning of May 6, but meteors from this shower can be seen between April 19 and May 28.
Beyond Mars lie the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. These giant gas balls have no solid surface and thus no possibility of volcanic activity. Any such action in this part of the solar system would have to be on a planetary moon.
All observers in the Northern Hemisphere will notice, this week, with the naked eye, the planet Jupiter, which will become the brightest object in the evening sky.
In January 2005, Mike Brown announced the discovery of another object from the Kuiper belt, even larger than Pluto. This dwarf planet (plutoid) provisionally named 2003 UB313 or Xena, was recently officially called, Eris.
A recent study published in February’s issue of the journal Astrobiology has a surprising theory suggesting biological processes might have been at work on the Red Planet.
Someday in the very distant future – about 5 billion years from now – our sun begins to lose its “power”, running out of fuel, it will be the beginning of the end. The existence of the central star of our solar system will come to end. We know what it looks like today’s Sun, but how will look the dying sun?
Recently, NASA’ Kepler Telescope discovered the smallest three planets found so far in another solar system. Even more interesting is that all three planets — one of them is the size of Mars — are solid planets, like Earth.
Ceres was classified as a dwarf planet, but it’s also considered an asteroid. Discovered on January 1, 1801 by Giuseppe Piazzi, Ceres has a diameter of 950 km and it is by far the largest and most massive asteroid from the asteroid belt, containing one third of the total mass of the asteroid belt.
Recently, on the Moon was located a mysterious triangular object, so far, researchers know nothing about it origin. It has on the edge rows of seven points of light, it can be even an ufo, some believe.
Cassini has made unique photographs, it captures the hexagon, a strange formation present at one pole of Saturn. The diameter of the “hexagon” is 30,000 miles.
A spacecraft sent by NASA to explore the planet Mercury made a discovery which astronomers not expected. Messenger spacecraft mapped for the first time the entire surface of the planet Mercury including areas that had not been seen before.