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Planetary Picture of the Day - Week of January 3, 2022

Planetary Picture of the Day - Week of January 3, 2022

Planetary Picture of the Day

Planetary Picture of the Day

Week of January 3, 2022

Welcome to our weekly recap of our Planetary Picture of the Day (PPOD)!
Happy new year! We’re kicking off 2022 with Comet Leonard, Mar, Ganymede and our own Earth. Enjoy!


Monday, January 3, 2022

Comet Leonard
Credit: Matt Dieterich (

Comet Leonard
This photograph of Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard) was taken using the CDK600 observatory system at Observatorio El Sauce in Chile on December 24, 2021. Comet Leonard was first discovered a year ago today by astronomer Greg Leonard.


Tuesday, January 4, 2022


Credit : NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Thomas Thomopoulos

This image of Jupiter's moon Ganymede was taken by JunoCam onboard NASA's Juno spacecraft during perijove 34.


Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Elephant Foot Glacier

Credit: Unknown
For more views of this incredible glacier, look here:

Elephant Foot Glacier, Greenland
The Elephant Foot Glacier is located on the Kronprins Christian Land peninsula. The glacier looks like a bowl of batter that has been poured over a pan. The sheer pressure of the zillion-ton ice has broken through the mountain and spilled into the sea in a near symmetric, fan-shaped lobe. Such glaciers are known as piedmont glaciers, and the Elephant Foot Glacier is a perfect example of it.


Thursday, January 6, 2022

Jezero Crater on Mars

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/Andrew Symes

Jezero crater, Mars
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Left Mastcam-Z camera. Mastcam-Z is a pair of cameras located high on the rover's mast. This image was acquired on Dec. 21, 2021 (Sol 297).


Friday, January 7, 2022

Jupiter's great red spot

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

Jupiter and the Great Red Spot
Taken with NASA Juno's JunoCam during Perijove 7. The details are absolutely amazing. Wow!




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