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Planetary Picture of the Day - Week of January 8, 2024

Planetary Picture of the Day - Week of January 8, 2024

Collage of this week's PPOD

Planetary Picture of the Day
Week of January 8, 2024

Halley's Comet, a dust storm on Mars, the entire Pluto-Charon system, and Jupiter.


Monday, January 8, 2024

black and white grainy image of the comet in the dark outer space
Credit: ESA/MPAe Lindau

Halley's Comet
This view of Comet Halley's nucleus was obtained by the Halley Multicolor Camera (HMC) on board the Giotto spacecraft as it passed within 600 km of the comet nucleus on 13 March 1986.


Tuesday, January 9, 2024

orange and brown dust storm on the surface of Mars
Credit: CNSA/CLEP/PEC/MoRIC/AndreaLuck

Martian Dust Storm
A massive dust storm looms near the mighty Olympus Mons on Mars. Taken from China's Tianwen-1 orbiter using the MoRIC Camera on 6 January 2022. North is to the right.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

hair-textured balls of lights emitting blue and orange colors against a black and white starry sky

Large Magellanic Fireworks
Resembling sparks from a fireworks display, this image taken by a JPL camera onboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows delicate filaments that are sheets of debris from a stellar explosion in the nearby Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy.


Thursday, January 11, 2024

a visualization comparing Pluto and Charon but also showing the whole Pluto system
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Ted Stryk

Pluto-Charon System
All members of the Pluto system as taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft and shown at 1 km/pixel. Pluto and Charon, technically a binary planetary system, anchor this eclectic group, and the small moons are tantalizingly interesting as well.


Friday, January 12, 2024

close up views of the beautiful beiges and blue swirls surrounding the planet
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

The JunoCam onboard NASA's Juno spacecraft captured Jupiter’s gorgeous clouds in this image taken on May 29, 2019. Have a lovely weekend!


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