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Planetary conjunction, optical image Featured Mercury Print

Planetary conjunction, optical image

Planetary conjunction, optical image. Seen just after sunset are the planets Mars (highest spot at upper left), Saturn (lower right of Mars) and Mercury (lowest dot closest to centre). At lower left of Saturn is an open star cluster, called Praesepe (also named Beehive or Crib), which lies in the centre of the constellation Cancer. At far right is the star Castor and directly left is its bright sibling Pollux, both of which form the heads of the twins in the constellation Gemini. This conjunction took place at 21:33 on 23rd June 2006 and was viewed from the Observatory at La Palma in the Canary Islands

© Nasa/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

Artwork of planet around binary Kepler-35 Featured Mercury Print

Artwork of planet around binary Kepler-35

Artwork of a planet around the binary star Kepler-35, seen from one of its imagined moons. Kepler-35 is a binary system consisting of two early K-type main-sequence stars. Each is very similar in mass and diameter to the Sun, but they are somewhat more orange. They orbit their common centre of mass at an average distance of just 0.18 AU (about half the Sun-Mercury distance), taking 20 days to complete one orbit. Scientists have found a Jupiter-class planet in orbit around the binary - a so-called circumbinary planet - at a distance of 0.6 AU, taking 131 days to complete a full circuit. Called Kepler-35b, it is only 70% the size of Jupiter and has about 13% of its mass. This image shows the planet (with imagined with rings) partially eclipsing one of the two stars, as seen from a hypothetical satellite orbiting the planet

© MARK GARLICK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY