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Planetary Picture of the Day - Week of January 10, 2022

Planetary Picture of the Day - Week of January 10, 2022

Planetary Picture of the Day

Planetary Picture of the Day

Week of January 10, 2022

Welcome to our weekly recap of our Planetary Picture of the Day (PPOD)!
Earth, Mars, Europa . . . the views this week are gorgeous!


Monday, January 10, 2022


Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Michael Benson (

Europa and the Great Red Spot
Jupiter's Great Red Spot, seen here in an amazing mosaic composite image from artist and filmmaker Michael Benson, is a massive cyclone about twice the size of Earth. To the Spot's right is Jupiter's moon, Europa, about the size of Earth's Moon. Taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft on March 3, 1979.


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Polar Bear and Aurora Borealis

Credit: Nate Luebbe @nateinthewild

Magical Earth
Sometimes, words are not necessary, although as photographer Nate Luebbe said, "Yes, it’s photoshopped." But what a lovely piece of photographic art is.


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Impact Crater

Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Impact Crater on Mars
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRISE camera captured this geologically "fresh" impact crater on Mars near Sirenum Fossae. The crater is approximately one kilometer wide and appears relatively recent as it has a sharp rim and well-preserved ejecta.


Thursday, January 13, 2022

Gale Crater

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS / Jason Major

Morning in Gale Crater, Mars
Colorized Navcam image acquired by the Curiosity rover taken on January 8, 2018.


Friday, January 14, 2022

Rosetta Spots a plume


Rosetta Spots a Plume
A plume of dust from Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, seen by the OSIRIS wide-angle camera on ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft on 3 July 2016. The shadow of the plume is cast across the basin, in the Imhotep region.




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