The hearts of space

By Phil Plait | February 14, 2012 5:09 am

It’s no secret I love astronomy, but maybe you didn’t know it loves me back. At least that’s how it looks given all the valentines you can find in space if you just look around a bit. Below is a gallery of my favorite heart-shaped cosmic objects, including a new one (second in the gallery) from the European Southern Observatory (which is man-made, but the sentiment still counts).

Click a thumbnail to get a bigger picture and more info, click the big pictures to go to my original blog posts about the pictures, and scroll through the gallery using the left and right arrows. And of course: Happy Valentine’s Day from Bad Astronomy!

Heart of gas
I (heart) the Milky Way
The radiant heart of the Moon
When galactic hearts collide
Red hot red planet hearts
Martian love is the pits
Mesa me!
The heart is WISE
The (human) heart is WISE
After the waterworks and the collapse, Martian love persists
Cassini loves Rhea
The physical impact of love
Valentine's Day Card(iod)

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Comments (14)

  1. Jhaelin

    Hmmmmm… and is that the playboy bunny next to it??

  2. Jhaelin

    Edit: In the 9th frame

  3. Cro-magnon Gramps

    Hey Phil, looks like all your regulars are too busy celebrating,
    At least I hope that is the case, and not that they are heartless nobs

    Thanks for the pretty pictures, and equation,
    you and yours have have a great day,
    and thanks for all the great posts over the past years

    Cheers

    Gramps

    ooooops sorry Jhaelin, didn’t see you there, happy day to you too.

  4. Chris

    Mars, the god of war, is covered with little hearts. Who knew? :-)

  5. Georg

    Do American health insurances pay
    for problems arising from Valentinitis?

  6. vandystar7

    Thank you for a great post! That’s a lovelyValentine’s Day gift.

  7. Graham

    Okay, am I the only one who sees all the Martian features as raised above the ground? That’s the opposite of the illusion mentioned in “Mesa me”.

  8. Vaahto

    Clever that last one. Is that the best heart you can draw with a simple equation though?

  9. Astrophel

    I saw something different in the feature on Rhea, so I made a comparison using the raw image data from Cassini:
    http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/2286/rheaforeveralonen001468.jpg
    :-)

    (First time using imageshack, so I hope the link shows up all right)

  10. dcsohl

    Waay late to the party on this one, but accessing this page with Mozilla Firefox 10.0.2, I see no gallery…. just FYI.

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