Happy Valentine ‘s Day to you from the outside, y’all! This image shows 2 galaxies – cataloged as NGC 4038 and NGC 4039 and sometimes called Antennae Galaxies – in the middle of a collision. Image via APOD.
Happy Valentine’s Day! We share the love by pointing out some of the many heart-shaped objects you find from an exit in the depths of space to being closer to our neighborhood in the solar system to right here on Earth.
See more. | This is IC1805, aka the Heart Nebula – a popular target for astronauts – through EarthSky community member Justin Ng.
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We love Pluto, too! The mission of New Horizons, which swept closer to Pluto on July 13, 2015, revealed unique surface markings incorporating this light color range that finds a large heart on the planet. Image via NASA / APL / SwRI.
Mars has a lot of hearts! The 10 images of filters with unique heart shapes were taken by Mars Global Surveyor between 2001 and 2004. Image via NASA / JPL / Malin Space Science Systems.
Let us show some love for this petite heart-shaped descent in the lunar surface, which was erected during the extravehicular activity of Apollo 12 on November 19, 1969. The feet of astronaut Charles Conrad Jr. can be seen. on the back. Image through NASA.
Back down on Earth, we found this heart-shaped island in the Republic of Croatia that is just 164 feet (50 meters) wide. It is a Galesnjak, nicknamed Lover Island. This beautiful photo was taken by ALOS, Japan’s Earth-observing satellite. Image through ESA.
This dark green lake is part of the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan with a heart shape that seems to drip a thin stream of emerald liquid. His heart may be breaking because this decaying sea is considered one of the worst environmental disasters. Image through World Top Top.
Heart-shaped leaves are common on Earth, and sometimes you can find heart-shaped flowers, too, like this swollen heart-shaped plant. Image via annie pm / Unsplash.
Bottom line: The shape of hearts is ubiquitous in the universe, as can be seen through these images from tiny petals on Earth to galleries in the distant universe.