Interplanetary automatic scouts of NASA, the European Space Agency and the other is currently gathering information about our solar system. Right now, the spacecraft are in orbits the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and Saturn, while others are flying in a small space objects.
Due to the astronauts and to all mechanical automatic scouts in space, we have the opportunity to see the "family" pictures of our solar system.
This Pan-STARRS - the solar non-periodic comet. In March 2013 it can be seen with the naked eye, while it was near perihelion. Named in honor of her telescope Pan-STARRS, located on the island of Maui (Hawaii).
This picture of the comet made March 15, 2013 from the machine Stereo Behind, is part of one of the most unusual projects to study the sun. For example, one unit orbits located slightly closer to the Sun, the Earth, the other - a little further. As a result, Stereo Ahead and Stereo Behind send pictures taken from different angles simultaneously. This allows you to create a three-dimensional picture of the observations.
The release of the substance from the solar corona - the outer atmosphere of the Sun, November 19 2012.
Mercury - the closest planet to the Sun of the Solar System. The physical characteristics of Mercury resembles the Moon. It has no natural satellites, but there is a very thin atmosphere. The temperature on Mercury's surface ranges from -180 to +430 ° C. The photo was taken from the American automatic interplanetary station for the study of Mercury Messenger.
Mercury - the smallest of the terrestrial planets. Its radius is only 2440 ± 1.0 km, which is less than the radius of Jupiter's moon Ganymede and Saturn's moon Titan. Comparative sizes of the planets (left to right: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars):