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Planetary Picture of the Day - Week of October 23, 2023

Planetary Picture of the Day - Week of October 23, 2023

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Planetary Picture of the Day
Week of October 23, 2023

Welcome to our weekly recap of our Planetary Picture of the Day (PPOD)!
Another tour around the solar system, with images from an asteroid, moons Io and Enceladus, Mars, and an artistic look at the annular eclipse.


Monday, October 23, 2023

dark cave-like and rocky surface of an asteroid
Credit: JAXA

Asteroid Surface
This image was taken by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft's MINERVA-II-b rover ("OWL") as it bounced across the surface of the asteroid 162173 Ryugu on 23 September 2018. Each bounce lasted about 15 minutes, in which time the tiny rover covered about 15 meters.


Tuesday, October 24, 2023

composite image taken at Reflection Canyon in Utah featuring the eclipse
Credit: Byron Mead

Annular Eclipse
This gorgeous composite photo of the recent annular eclipse was taken on October 14, 2023, from Reflection Canyon in Utah. The relative size of the Sun is purely artistic.


Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Orangel marbled surface of the moon Io against the black background of space
Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, SwRI, MSSS
Processing & Copyright: Ted Stryk & Fernando García Navarro

Volcanic Moon Io
Jupiter's moon Io as seen from NASA's Juno spacecraft during the most recent flyby, when the spacecraft passed within 12,000 kilometers above the active volcanic world. Taken by JunoCam.


Thursday, October 26, 2023

Red and beige rocky surface of Mars through the eyes of ingenuity
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Paul Byrne

Mars from Ingenuity
This image of the Martian surface was acquired by Ingenuity's high-resolution color camera and corrected for color balance, light levels, and strong vignetting. Taken on Thursday, 12 October 2023, during the helicopter's 62nd flight.


Friday, October 27, 2023

Pixelated but visible plumes off of Enceladus
Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, G. Villanueva (NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center), A. Pagan (STScI)

JWST Spots Enceladus Plume
Images from the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope’s NIRCam (Near-Infrared Camera) show a water vapor plume jetting from the south pole of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, extending out 40 times the size of the moon itself. The inset, an image from the Cassini orbiter, emphasizes how small Enceladus appears in the Webb image compared to the water plume.



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