Mice Galaxies – Overview

Located 300 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices, these two colliding galaxies were captured by the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), onboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in 2002. The Mice Galaxies (which are also known as NGC 4676) are a pair of interacting galaxies. The galaxies have been nicknamed “The Mice” because of the long […]

Venus – Overview

Named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, Venus is the Earth’s closest neighbor and the second planet from the Sun at a distance of about 67 million miles. Venus has been observed since the dawn of Mankind. It is the brightest object in the sky except for the Sun and the Moon. The planet itself is […]

Pluto – Overview

Pluto is named after the Roman god of the underworld and is on average, more than 3.6 billion miles away from the sun. Pluto is in a region called the Kuiper Belt which contains thousands of small, icy objects like itself. Pluto was discovered in 1930 by an American amateur astronomer, Clay Tombaugh. He predicted a planet beyond Neptune, based […]

Mercury – Overview

Named after the Roman messenger God, Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun and the smallest planet in our solar system. Mercury is a rocky planet, also known as a terrestrial planet. Mercury’s surface resembles that of Earth’s moon as it’s covered with impact craters from meteor strikes. Because of its closeness to the […]

The Moon – Overview

The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth. Scientists believe the Moon was created 4.5 billion years ago when a large object hit the Earth and blasted out rocks that came together to orbit around the Earth.  They eventually melted together, cooled down and became the Moon. The Moon has a diameter of […]

Saturn – Overview

Named after the Roman god of agriculture, Saturn is the second largest planet and the sixth in distance from the Sun. It’s also the furthest planet visible with the naked eye and has been known since prehistoric times. Galileo was the first person to observe Saturn through a telescope in 1610. He reported seeing odd appendages on either side of […]

Ceres – Overview

Named after the Roman goddess of corn and harvests, Ceres has a diameter of 950 km (590 mi) and is the largest object in the asteroid belt. Composed of rock and ice, Ceres is the only dwarf planet in the inner Solar System. Gravitational perturbations from Jupiter billions of years ago prevented Ceres from becoming a full-fledged planet. […]