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Planetary Picture of the Day - Week of May 3, 2021

Planetary Picture of the Day - Week of May 3, 2021

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Planetary Picture of the Day

Week of May 3, 2021

Welcome to our weekly recap of our Planetary Picture of the Day (PPOD)! 
Images from around the world and around the solar system.


Monday, May 3, 2021

South Pole Aurora
Credit: NASA / UC Berkeley

South Pole Aurora
Here is one of the most memorable auroras captured over the South Pole of Earth. NASA's IMAGE spacecraft caught these views around 7 pm ET on July 26, 2004. Our planet's force shield is protecting all life beneath it in a magnificent display.


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Iceland Volcano
Credit: EFLA Engineering

3D Model
Oh my!!! You have got to see this! This 3D digital model of the eruption site at Geldingadalur (Iceland) was generated from imagery acquired by a drone flown over the area. This allows the local (EFLA) team to monitor the eruption with much greater accuracy this way. The imagery was acquired with a DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone, videotaped and processed in Reality Capture. Take a tour. It's 360 degrees!


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Rover Sol 3090

NASA's Mars Exploration Program
Source images credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS
Stitching and retouching: Andrew Bodrov /

NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Sol 3090 (April 15, 2021)
360VR video 8K:
360VR photo 30K:


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Throne Rock
Image Credit & Copyright: Marcin Zajac Photography

Jupiter and Saturn Rising Beyond Alien Throne Rock (2020 Aug 13)
What planets are those behind that unusual rock spire? Saturn (lower left) and Jupiter. The featured image is a composite of consecutive foreground and background exposures all taken in late May with the same camera and from the same location -- the badlands of the Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness in the San Juan Basin in New Mexico, USA. The rock spire, informally dubbed 'Alien Throne', stands about 3 meters tall.


Friday, May 7, 2021

Mars Frosted Dunes
NASA, JPL, Michael Benson/Kinetikon Pictures

Frosted Mars Dunes in Winter
Taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on November 26, 2006 and digitally processed by artist Michael Benson, this image is a portion of a longer panoramic work that can be found here:


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