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Solar System Collection

"The Solar System: A Cosmic Symphony Unveiled" In the vast expanse of space, our home planet Earth appears as a mere speck

Background imageSolar System Collection: Pale Blue Dot, Voyager 1

Pale Blue Dot, Voyager 1
This unique narrow-angle color image is of the Earth, dubbed Pale Blue Dot, is a part of the first ever portrait of the solar system taken by Voyager 1

Background imageSolar System Collection: The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. Creator: NASA

The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. Creator: NASA
The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. This famous photograph, known as The Blue Marble, was captured by the Apollo 17 astronauts on the same day that they left Earth on a Saturn V

Background imageSolar System Collection: Earthrise over Moon, Apollo 8

Earthrise over Moon, Apollo 8. This famous image, one of the first of the Earth seen from another world, was taken by US astronauts on board the Apollo 8 spacecraft on 24th December 1968 as they

Background imageSolar System Collection: The Fighting Temeraire, 1839. Artist: JMW Turner

The Fighting Temeraire, 1839. Artist: JMW Turner
The Fighting Temeraire, 1839. The 98-gun ship Temeraire became known as the Fighting Temeraire after its role in Nelsons victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805

Background imageSolar System Collection: Coming from Evening Church, 1830, (1947). Creator: Samuel Palmer

Coming from Evening Church, 1830, (1947). Creator: Samuel Palmer
Coming from Evening Church, 1830, (1947). Congregation leaving an Evensong service in Shoreham, Kent, with full moon above the church. Painting in the Tate Gallery, London

Background imageSolar System Collection: Earthrise photograph, artwork

Earthrise photograph, artwork
Earthrise photograph. Artwork based on the famous Earthrise photographs taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman and William Anders

Background imageSolar System Collection: 1919 solar eclipse

1919 solar eclipse. Image 2 of 3. This set of images, taken by the British astronomer Arthur Eddington (1882-1944), confirmed Einsteins theory of general relativity

Background imageSolar System Collection: Orion nebula

Orion nebula. Coloured composite infrared and visible light image of the Orion nebula M42. This emission nebula, a cloud of gas and dust in which starbirth takes place

Background imageSolar System Collection: The Sounds of Earth Record Cover

The Sounds of Earth Record Cover
This gold aluminum cover was designed to protect the Voyager 1 and 2 " Sounds of Earth" gold-plated records from micrometeorite bombardment

Background imageSolar System Collection: 1919 solar eclipse

1919 solar eclipse
^B1919 solar eclipse. Image 1 of 3.^b This set of images, taken by the British astronomer Arthur Eddington (1882-1944), confirmed Einsteins theory of general relativity

Background imageSolar System Collection: Moon rising over Earths horizon

Moon rising over Earths horizon, composite image. The blue haze of Earths atmosphere can be seen above the horizon. Earth is thought to be the only planet in the solar system that can support life

Background imageSolar System Collection: Full Moon

Full Moon. The Moon appears full when it is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun during its orbit, when it presents its full sunlit face to Earth

Background imageSolar System Collection: Solar system planets

Solar system planets. Artwork showing the Sun (left) and the eight planets of the solar system and their orbits. From left to right they are: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn

Background imageSolar System Collection: The Silence of the Snows, 1907. Creator: Joseph Farquharson

The Silence of the Snows, 1907. Creator: Joseph Farquharson
The Silence of the Snows, 1907. Winter scene with watermill. From " Modern Art Monographs"

Background imageSolar System Collection: Catalan Atlas, 14th century

Catalan Atlas, 14th century. The 6-page Catalan Atlas (1375) was produced on vellum by the Jewish cartographer Abraham Cresques

Background imageSolar System Collection: Solar System, artwork

Solar System, artwork
Solar System. Artwork of Earths solar system, showing the planets and other objects that orbit the Sun (upper right). The separations of the orbits are not shown to scale

Background imageSolar System Collection: Jupiter and Io, New Horizons image

Jupiter and Io, New Horizons image
Jupiter and Io. Montage of images of Jupiter (left) and its moon Io (right), obtained by the New Horizons spacecraft in February and March 2007 as it passed Jupiter on its way to Pluto

Background imageSolar System Collection: Venice: The Salute from S. Giorgio Maggiore, 1909. Artist: JMW Turner

Venice: The Salute from S. Giorgio Maggiore, 1909. Artist: JMW Turner
Venice: The Salute from S. Giorgio Maggiore, 1909. From The Water-colours of J. M. W. Turner, text by W. G. Rawlinson and A. J. Finberg. [Avalon Press, London, 1909]

Background imageSolar System Collection: Neptune, Voyager 2 image

Neptune, Voyager 2 image
Neptune. Neptune is a gas giant, composed mostly of hydrogen and helium with some methane. Seen at centre is the Great Dark Spot, thought to be a hole in the methane cloud deck of Neptune

Background imageSolar System Collection: Apollo 17 astronaut

Apollo 17 astronaut. US astronaut and geologist Dr Harrison Schmitt exploring the Taurus-Littrow region of the Moon, as part of NASAs Apollo 17 mission

Background imageSolar System Collection: Astronaut footprints on the Moon

Astronaut footprints on the Moon. Computer artwork recreating a photograph of boot imprints left by astronauts on the Moon

Background imageSolar System Collection: Curiosity rover, artwork

Curiosity rover, artwork
NASAs next Mars rover, the Curiosity Rover, will land at the foot of a layered mountain inside the planets Gale Crater. Launch is palneed for November/ December 2011

Background imageSolar System Collection: Christ in the Wilderness, 1898, (1912). Artist: Briton Riviere

Christ in the Wilderness, 1898, (1912). Artist: Briton Riviere
Christ in the Wilderness, 1898, (1912). A colour print from Famous Paintings, with an introduction by Gilbert Chesterton, Cassell and Company, (London, New York, Toronto, 1912)

Background imageSolar System Collection: By the Light of the Moon, 1882. Artist: John Atkinson Grimshaw

By the Light of the Moon, 1882. Artist: John Atkinson Grimshaw
By the Light of the Moon, 1882. From a private collection

Background imageSolar System Collection: Early map of the Moon, 1810

Early map of the Moon, 1810
Map of the Moon, 1810. This plate depicts the geographical features of the moon using observations by Cassini and Riccioli

Background imageSolar System Collection: Solar system

Solar system. Composite computer artwork of the nine planets of the solar system that orbit the Sun (far right). In order of their distance from the Sun and anticlockwise from top right they are

Background imageSolar System Collection: Solar system planets

Solar system planets. Computer artwork of the eight planets of the solar system, which are arrayed from left to right in order of distance from the Sun (left)

Background imageSolar System Collection: Saturns rings, Cassini image

Saturns rings, Cassini image. The rings consist of particles of nearly pure water ice and meteoric dust and span almost 300, 000 kilometres

Background imageSolar System Collection: Beyond Mans Footsteps, 1894 (1909). Artist: Briton Riviere

Beyond Mans Footsteps, 1894 (1909). Artist: Briton Riviere
Beyond Mans Footsteps, 1894 (1909). In the icy wilderness around the North Pole. From Harmsworth History of the World, Volume 8, by Arthur Mee, J.A. Hammerton, & A.D. Innes, M.A

Background imageSolar System Collection: Owl on a Pine Branch, early 17th century. Creator: Soga Nichokuan

Owl on a Pine Branch, early 17th century. Creator: Soga Nichokuan
Owl on a Pine Branch, early 17th century. Edo period

Background imageSolar System Collection: Isola Bella in Lago Maggiore, 1871. Creator: Sanford Robinson Gifford

Isola Bella in Lago Maggiore, 1871. Creator: Sanford Robinson Gifford
Isola Bella in Lago Maggiore, 1871

Background imageSolar System Collection: 1919 solar eclipse

1919 solar eclipse
^B1919 solar eclipse. Image 3 of 3.^b This set of images, taken by the British astronomer Arthur Eddington (1882-1944), confirmed Einsteins theory of general relativity

Background imageSolar System Collection: Death to World Imperialism, poster, 1919. Artist: Dmitriy Stakhievich Moor

Death to World Imperialism, poster, 1919. Artist: Dmitriy Stakhievich Moor
Death to World Imperialism, poster, 1919. Found in the collection of the Russian State Library, Moscow

Background imageSolar System Collection: The Angel Standing in the Sun, 1846. Artist: JMW Turner

The Angel Standing in the Sun, 1846. Artist: JMW Turner
The Angel Standing in the Sun, 1846. The Archangel Michael with flaming sword on Judgement Day. From Tate Britain, London

Background imageSolar System Collection: Epicycles of Mercury and Venus, 1823 C017 / 8061

Epicycles of Mercury and Venus, 1823 C017 / 8061
Epicycles of Mercury and Venus, 19th-century diagram. This geocentric (Earth-centred) model shows the orbits of Mercury and Venus as a series of epicycles (loops)

Background imageSolar System Collection: Immanuel Kant, caricature

Immanuel Kant, caricature
Immanuel Kant. Caricature of the German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804). Kant published various influential philosophical works on the natural sciences, particularly geophysics and astronomy

Background imageSolar System Collection: Earthrise - Apollo 8, December 24, 1968. Creator: William A Anders

Earthrise - Apollo 8, December 24, 1968. Creator: William A Anders
Earthrise - Apollo 8, December 24, 1968. This view of the rising Earth greeted the Apollo 8 astronauts as they came from behind the Moon after the fourth nearside orbit

Background imageSolar System Collection: Aurora over Antarctica, satellite image

Aurora over Antarctica, satellite image
Aurora over Antarctica, ultraviolet satellite image. Australia is at upper left. This is the aurora australis (green ring), the southern lights display

Background imageSolar System Collection: Saturn, Cassini image

Saturn, Cassini image
Saturn. Cassini spacecraft image of Saturn, its rings, and two of its moons Titan (upper right) and Tethys (bottom left). The rings, which consist of particles of nearly pure water ice

Background imageSolar System Collection: Apollo spacecraft at the Moon, artwork

Apollo spacecraft at the Moon, artwork
Apollo spacecraft at the Moon. Artwork of the Apollo Lunar Module (LM, left, gold) and the Apollo Command/Service Module (CSM, right, grey) at the Moon, with the Earth in the background

Background imageSolar System Collection: President Kennedy makes his We choose to go to the Moon speech, Rice University, 1962

President Kennedy makes his We choose to go to the Moon speech, Rice University, 1962. US President John F. Kennedy gives his We choose to go to the Moon speech in Houston, Texas

Background imageSolar System Collection: The Herdsmans Cottage, or Sunset, 1880. Creator: Samuel Palmer

The Herdsmans Cottage, or Sunset, 1880. Creator: Samuel Palmer
The Herdsmans Cottage, or Sunset, 1880

Background imageSolar System Collection: Study for A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, 1884. Creator: Georges-Pierre Seurat

Study for A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, 1884. Creator: Georges-Pierre Seurat
Study for " A Sunday on La Grande Jatte", 1884

Background imageSolar System Collection: Solar System According to Ptolemy, Copernicus and Tycho, Geocentric Model, Heliocentric Model

Solar System According to Ptolemy, Copernicus and Tycho, Geocentric Model, Heliocentric Model

Background imageSolar System Collection: Planet uranus, front view

Planet uranus, front view

Background imageSolar System Collection: Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn and and its moon Titan

Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn and and its moon Titan

Background imageSolar System Collection: International space station and shuttle F008 / 3216

International space station and shuttle F008 / 3216
International space station and shuttle, artwork

Background imageSolar System Collection: Halleys comet, 19th Century artwork

Halleys comet, 19th Century artwork. 1835 woodcut print depicting the 1835 appearance of Halleys comet. Halleys Comet is the only naked-eye comet certain to return within a human lifetime



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"The Solar System: A Cosmic Symphony Unveiled" In the vast expanse of space, our home planet Earth appears as a mere speck, a Pale Blue Dot amidst the infinite wonders of the solar system. Voyager 1, humanity's farthest-reaching spacecraft, captured this humbling perspective in its iconic photograph. As we journey further into the depths of space, we encounter breathtaking sights like Earthrise over Moon. The Apollo 8 mission gifted us with this awe-inspiring image that forever changed our perception of our place in the universe. Just as artists have immortalized moments on canvas, JMW Turner's masterpiece "The Fighting Temeraire" reminds us of our connection to celestial bodies. Similarly, the 1919 solar eclipse allowed scientists to validate Einstein's theory of general relativity and opened new doors to understanding gravity's role in shaping our solar system. Amidst these scientific endeavors lies an artistic touch—the Sounds of Earth Record Cover. This golden record aboard Voyager carries sounds and images representing humanity's diverse cultures and achievements—a testament to both science and art intertwining harmoniously. Venturing deeper into space reveals mesmerizing phenomena such as Orion nebula—an ethereal birthplace for stars where cosmic forces shape new worlds. And just like how artwork can capture fleeting moments, Earthrise photograph turned artwork captures a profound sense of wonder at witnessing our own planet from afar. Yet even centuries ago, artists like Samuel Palmer envisioned otherworldly landscapes through their imagination—like Coming from Evening Church—a glimpse into an artist's interpretation beyond earthly realms. Joseph Farquharson's The Silence of Snows transports us to serene wintry scenes that evoke tranquility amidst cosmic chaos. Once again, a solar eclipse captivates minds—this time in 1919—as it did during Christ in the Wilderness by Briton Riviere (1898). These celestial events remind us that nature holds immense power while inspiring artistic expressions that transcend time.