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Planetary Picture of the Day - Week of October 4, 2021

Planetary Picture of the Day - Week of October 4, 2021

Planetary Picture of the Day

Planetary Picture of the Day

Week of October 4, 2021

Explore our solar system with these dramatic images!


Monday, October 4, 2021

Blue Swirls on Jupiter
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran

Jupiter Blues
The Juno spacecraft captured this image when the spacecraft was only 18,906 kilometers from the tops of Jupiter’s clouds — that’s roughly as far as the distance between New York City and Perth, Australia. The color-enhanced image, which captures a cloud system in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere, was taken on Oct. 24, 2017 at 10:24 a.m. PDT (1:24 p.m. EDT) and performing its ninth close flyby of the gas giant planet.


Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Earth's view from Rosetta
Edited by Jason Major

Earth from Rosetta
Earth imaged by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft during its third flyby on Nov. 12, 2009 from a distance of about 633,000 km.


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Crater at the North Pole of Mars
Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

A Crater at the North Pole of Mars
This image of a crater near the North pole (84.335° N, 120.393° E) was taken by HiRISE on August 20th, 2008. What you see here is mostly dry ice (solid CO2) which accumulates at the poles seasonally. This was taken in northern summer, when the seasonal CO2 ice cap is thinning, revealing beautiful red material on this small crater's slopes. The width of this image is about 1 km.


Thursday, October 7, 2021

Daphnis in Saturn's Rings
Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / CICLOPS
Image processing: Jason Major

Daphnis up close and personal in Saturn's rings
Daphnis is an inner satellite of Saturn a little under 8-km in diameter, which orbits inside the ~40 km-wide Keeler Gap near the outer edge of the A ring. This is a forced-perspective view made with image data captured by Cassini on January 16, 2017.


Friday, October 8, 2021

Image captured by Voyager
Credit: Voyager 1 Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS): NASA / JPL-Caltech / Alexis Tranchandon / Solaris

Jupiter's Great Red Spot
This image is a contemporary color mosaic of the Great Red Spot taken with the Voyager 1 spacecraft on March 5, 1979.



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