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Planetary Picture of the Day - Week of July 10, 2023

Planetary Picture of the Day - Week of July 10, 2023

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Beautiful giant planets in infrared, the Earth and the Moon, Rhea and Titan, and a month's worth of sunspots.

Monday, 10 July 2023
Infrared Giants
4 giants
The four giant planets of our Solar System - Jupiter (top left), Saturn (top right), Uranus (bottom left), and Neptune (bottom right) - as imaged in infrared by the James Webb Space Telescope.

Credit: NASA/ESA/CAS/STScI, via Paul Byrne

Tuesday, 11 July 2023
Earth and the Moon from Orion

earth and moon

Here's a view of Earth beyond the Moon made from a photo taken during the Artemis 1 flight on November 28, 2022 when Orion was 268,563 miles away from Earth.

We're seeing the far side of the Moon here. North on the Moon and Earth is to the right. The western edge of South America and the south-eastern Pacific is visible on Earth.

The Moon and Earth were about 228,000 miles apart when the image was captured.

This is a crop of a larger image ( captured by a solar array wing camera on the European Service Module. It's been upscaled, geometrically corrected and centered/aligned and level-adjusted and white-balanced.

Credit: NASA/ESA/JSC/Artemis Mission Team/Jason Major

Wednesday, 12 July 2023
Sunspots on an Active Sun
Sunspots are dark areas that become apparent at the Sun’s photosphere as a result of intense magnetic flux pushing up from further within the solar interior. They appear dark because they are cooler than other parts of the Sun’s surface. This image superposed sunspots over a period of six months - January through June 2023 - one frame a day!

Credit: NASA, SDO; Processing: Senol Sanli

Thursday, 13 July 2023
Rhea and Titan
rhea and titan
Saturn's two largest moons, Rhea (front) and Titan, imaged by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Nov. 19, 2009. Cassini was 1.14 million km from Rhea and 2.3 million km from Titan at the time.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Cassini Imaging Team/Jason Major

Friday, 14 July 2023
Kodiak mesa, Mars


NASA's Perseverance rover captured this image of Kodiak mesa using Mastcam-Z back in early April during Sol 753. The mesa exposes ancient layered rocks that indicate gradual deposition of sediments in the Jezero crater river delta, followed by floods.

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

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