How to get into backyard astronomy
the best places to place a telescope
what do the planets look like from Earth?
These are the relative sizes of the planets in our solar system, compared to the size of the moon. Note that this only shows their relative size, not their location! They are never lined up like this.
what do comets and asteroids look like from Earth?
what do stars look like from Earth?
the largest objects in the night sky
Look up at the night sky – Are there immensely huge things that are just a bit too faint for the human eye to see? You betcha! Check out this amazing composite photo. This shows the actual apparent size of deep space objects, in our night sky, if they were brighter.
The images are in scale with one another, including the Moon, but not to the Milky Way background.
1. The Moon.
2. Andromeda Galaxy.
3. Triangulum Galaxy.
4. Orion Nebula.
5. Lagoon Nebula.
6. Pinwheel Galaxy.
7. Sculptor Galaxy.
8. Supernova remnant 1006.
9. Veil Nebula.
10. Helix Nebula.
11. Sombrero Galaxy.
12. Crab Nebula.
13. Comet Hale-Bopp (c. 1997)
16. International Space Station.