Hercules, a constellation of the Northern Hemisphere. It is best seen during the summer. It was represented by the ancient Greeks as the kneeling figure of the hero Hercules. Near the western edge is the globular star cluster Messier 13, comprising more than 50,000 stars about 30,000 light-years from the earth. Only a few stars of Hercules are brighter than fourth magnitude.
The occasional sunspot can interrupt communications here on Earth. But major solar flares have the potential to cause more havoc. Could a flare-up wipe out all our electronics?
Venus is the second planet from the sun, and is about the same size as Earth. It is a terrestrial planet, meaning it has a solid surface. But the harsh conditions on Venus make it very inhospitable. Two spacecraft, Pioneer Venus 1 and Magellan, were able to penetrate the thick atmosphere of this planet.