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N44 The vast emission nebula N44 is in our neighboring galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud has a large 250 LY hole and astronomers are trying to figure out why. (Gemini Obs., AURA, NSF )

N44 The vast emission nebula N44 is in our neighboring galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud has a large 250 LY hole and astronomers are trying to figure out why. (Gemini Obs., AURA, NSF )

A giant of a moon appears before a giant of a planet undergoing seasonal changes in this natural color view of Titan and Saturn from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.    Titan, Saturn's largest moon, measures 3,200 miles, or 5,150 kilometers, across and is larger than the planet Mercury. Cassini scientists have been watching the moon's south pole since a vortex appeared in its atmosphere in 2012.

Space Photo of the Day 2012

A giant of a moon appears before a giant of a planet undergoing seasonal changes in this natural color view of Titan and Saturn from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Titan, Saturn's largest moon, measures 3,200 miles, or 5,150 kilometers, across and is larger than the planet Mercury. Cassini scientists have been watching the moon's south pole since a vortex appeared in its atmosphere in 2012.

Uranus  When the German musician William Herschel discovered a new planet from his garden in 1781, he called it George (well, “George’s star”). The French objected to a planet named after an English king, George III. But the Germans were the peacemakers, suggesting a compromise which has stuck ever since – UranusPhotograph: © NASA / Planetary Visions

Gallery: A magical mystery tour of the solar system

Uranus When the German musician William Herschel discovered a new planet from his garden in 1781, he called it George (well, “George’s star”). The French objected to a planet named after an English king, George III. But the Germans were the peacemakers, suggesting a compromise which has stuck ever since – UranusPhotograph: © NASA / Planetary Visions

So, it’s and astronomy is looking really good this year! In fact, we’ve gone ahead and put together some of the most notable events right here for you, courtesy of Universe Today. Be sure to mark your calendars and keep your eyes on the sky!

On Oct 19, 2014, a comet had a near miss with Mars. Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) passed closer to the red planet than any comet has ever passed to Earth in recorded history. Taking advantage of this unique opportunity to study the close interaction of a comet and a planet, humanity currently has five active spacecraft orbiting Mars. These and the two active rovers on the Martian surface have taken data and images that will be downloaded to Earth and likely studied for years…

Comet Siding Spring

On Oct 19, 2014, a comet had a near miss with Mars. Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) passed closer to the red planet than any comet has ever passed to Earth in recorded history. Taking advantage of this unique opportunity to study the close interaction of a comet and a planet, humanity currently has five active spacecraft orbiting Mars. These and the two active rovers on the Martian surface have taken data and images that will be downloaded to Earth and likely studied for years…

NGC 2244: The Rosette Nebula's center measures about 50 ly across, lies about 4500 ly away, and is visible w/binoculars towards the constellation of the Unicorn

NGC 2244: The Rosette Nebula's center measures about 50 ly across, lies about 4500 ly away, and is visible w/binoculars towards the constellation of the Unicorn

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