A Valentine from Earth. pic.twitter.com/7FEIIddAJB
— Karen L. Nyberg (@AstroKarenN) February 14, 2014
While we’re unsure about the status of chocolates and flowers in locations far beyond Earth, there certainly is no lack of hearts for us to look at to enjoy Valentine’s Day. If you look at enough geologic features or gas clouds, statistically some of them will take on shapes that we recognize (such as faces).
Below, we’ve collected some hearts on Mars and other places in the universe. Have we missed any? Share other astronomy hearts in the comments!
— Angel Brise’ (@AngelBrise67) February 12, 2014
— Keri Bean (@PlanetaryKeri) February 14, 2014
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) February 14, 2014
— Nicole Stott (@Astro_Nicole) February 14, 2014
Elizabeth Howell is the senior writer at Universe Today. She also works for Space.com, Space Exploration Network, the NASA Lunar Science Institute, NASA Astrobiology Magazine and LiveScience, among others. Career highlights include watching three shuttle launches, and going on a two-week simulated Mars expedition in rural Utah. You can follow her on Twitter @howellspace or contact her at her website.