I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night - Sarah Williams 

Although many think it was said by Galileo

Request 2/11 for July 2015 -  Requested by book-book-books

A lot of the detail in this is lost in the photo, I will be doing a vector version of this which will look pretty great I hope. 

4.7.2015

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New Color Images Reveal Two Distinct Faces of Pluto

New color images from New Horizons spacecraft, which will fly by Pluto already on 14th July, show two very different faces of the distant dwarf planet, one with a series of intriguing spots along the equator that are evenly spaced.
Scientists have yet to see anything quite like the dark spots; their presence has piqued the interest of the New Horizons science team, due to the remarkable consistency in their spacing and size. While the origin of the spots is a mystery for now, the answer may be revealed as the spacecraft continues its approach to Pluto. Tune in!

image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Venus and Jupiter are Close : On June 30, Venus and Jupiter were close in western skies at dusk. Near the culmination of this year’s gorgeous conjunction, the two bright evening planets are captured in the same telescopic field of view in this image taken after sunset from Bejing, China. As the two bright planets set together in the west, a nearly Full Moon rose above the horizon to the south and east. Imaged that night with the same telescope and camera, the rising Moon from the opposite part of the sky is compared with the planetary conjunction for scale in the digitally composited image. The full lunar disk covers an angle of about ½ degree on the sky. Visible as well in binoculars and small telescopes are Venus’ crescent and Jupiter’s four Galilean moons. Of course, Venus and Jupiter are still close. via NASA

NASA Has Given The “Go” For A Highly Anticipated Mission To Europa

A mission to Europa is now under development after NASA gave the green light to a mission concept which would send a spacecraft to conduct flybys of Jupiter’s icy moon sometime in the 2020s to assess the world’s potential habitability. The mission concept passed its first major review by the agency, allowing the mission concept to enter the formulation stage of development.

Read more: http://www.penny4nasa.org/2015/06/22/nasa-is-all-systems-go-for-a-mission-to-europa/