This week in astronomy

This week several photos from our solar system crossed my path and I’ve grouped them together in a quick post.

This week in astronomy 1

After a 12 year journey NASA’s Messenger Probe finally arrived at Mercury and was inserted into orbit around one of the most hostile environments in our solar system. One of its first images beamed back was this awesome shot of Earth being orbited by the moon. (via lost at e minor)

This week in astronomy 2

Astronomer Alan Friedman captured this spectacular shot of the sun’s surface using his back yard telescope.

This week in astronomy 3

And lastly there was some talk last Saturday of a Super Moon, the biggest moon in 20 years, shown here above the Parthenon in Greece. (via coudal)

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