In the past we’ve given you flowers and diamonds, and in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, today we present to you the various heart-shaped impressions found on Mars.

For a planet named after the God of War, Mars sure has a lot of love on its surface. Credit: Malin Space Science Systems.

What else goes with hearts better than roses?

One of the winning entries of the ‘semi-professional’ category in the 2009 David Malin Awards came from Peter Ward for his image of the Rosette Nebula. Credit: Peter Ward.

Of course, if you’re not a fan Valentine’s Day, it’s always nice to remember that in the heart of many galaxies (including our own!) lies a big ol’ black hole.

The Galactic Centre

Set against an ocean blue background, an irregular line of yellow and green splotches runs from the top left-hand corner to the bottom right-hand corner. In the bottom right hand corner there is a large red dot.

Imaged at 1300 MHz, this image shows a bright source in red – known as Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy. Credit: CSIRO.

Happy Valentine’s Day (or not). xoxo


  1. Reblogged this on Blogger at the Edge of the Universe. and commented:
    Happy Valentine’s Day from Mars!

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