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Volcano the size of New Mexico discovered off Japan

MSN News: The largest volcano in the world, and possibly one of the largest in the Solar System, has been discovered off the coast of Japan by scientists.

The volcano has been named Tamu Massif by the scientist who discovered it, after Texas A&M University where he taught for decades.

Tamu Massif dwarfs its nearest rival, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, which occupies roughly 2% of the size of the giant volcano.

Photo: A 3-D image of Tamu Massif, the world’s biggest volcano, was discovered under the Pacific Ocean and named after Texas A&M University. (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program)

NASA shares photos of Earth, seen from Saturn and Mercury

NASA has shared new images of the Earth and moon, as seen from Saturn and Mercury. In this photo captured by the Cassini orbiter on July 19, Saturn’s rings can be seen with Earth and the moon. Earth is a blue dot at the center right; the moon can be seen as a fainter protrusion off its right side.

Read more from NBC News.

Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI

Asteroid to make close approach to Earth next week An asteroid half the size of a football field will make a close approach to Earth next week, but poses no threat of crashing into our planet, NASA officials say.

Asteroid 2012 DA14’s close encounter is a record-breaking celestial event, according to Don Yeomans, the head of NASA’s asteroid-tracking program. An object this large only passes this close to the Earth about once every 40 years, and likely only hits the planet once every 1,200 years, Yeomans says.

Photo: A diagram depicting the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Venus will pass in front of the sun today, beginning around 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT) and ending at roughly 12:50 a.m. EDT (0450 GMT) Wednesday.


The Stages of the Transit of Venus Explained

The marathon event lasts nearly seven hours and includes a handful of key events.

(Reblogged from discoverynews)