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Science! "To scale, if the Earth/Sun distance were one inch, a light year would be exactly one mile."

Last year (2014) in science!

The scale of planets and stars

Solar System to scale

Top 5 Science Discoveries from Curiosity's First Year on Mars

Mt. Vesuvius, Italy, on New Year's Day, 2013. Looks a little like a remainder from earth's difficult puberty years. :)

"Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken from a record distance of 3.7 billion miles" by Voyager 1

10 Mysteries we've solved in the past year...

The Ghost Nebula, spanning two light-years, and 2000 light-years distant from Earth. Credit: Hubble Heritage Team

Astronomy Print, 115 years old, COMET Rordame 1892, astronomical star chart map space 1897 astrology.

... and here are those sunspots. That group's over 100,000 kilometers (60,000 miles) across! Again, photo by Alan Friedman.

Astronomy Print, 115 years old, COMET Rordame 1892, astronomical star chart map space 1897 astrology.

Pale Blue Dot: Earth as seen from Voyager 1 while on the edge of our solar system (approximately 3,762,136,324 miles from home) more than twenty years ago. (click image to read Sagan's wise words)

Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space. The NASA spacecraft, which rose from Earth on a September morning 36 years ago, has traveled farther than anyone, or anything, in history. Now Voyager 1 is in the space between the stars

ecocolumn - This will be great for Botany this year!

Inside the Cupola, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, an Expedition 36 flight engineer, uses a 400mm lens on a digital still camera to photograph a target of opportunity on Earth some 250 miles below him and the International Space Station. Cassidy has been aboard the orbital outpost since late March and will continue his stay into September.

Fixed position photograph of the sun, taken at the same time of day over a year. Looks like the infinity symbol!

"Cloud streets" are long, thin parallel strips of clouds that form under unusual conditions. This satellite shot shows them flowing past Greenland, and they're thousands of kilometers long! Image credit: Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC. Click for details.

Saturn, Raw. This astonishing image was taken on June 13, 2012 by the Cassini spacecraft when it was 2.6 million kilometers (1.6 million miles) from the ringed planet — that’s more then six times farther than the Moon is from the Earth.

Astronomers have identified the most distant galaxy cluster in the Universe: a staggering 12.7 *billion* light years away!

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