The Week's Coolest Space Images

The Week's Coolest Space Images

Jupiter’s Gorgeous Cloud Belts (Header Image)

Jupiter appears in this color-enhanced image as a tapestry of vibrant cloud bands and storms. The dark region in the far left is called the South Temperate Belt. Intersecting the belt is a ghost-like feature of slithering white clouds. This is the largest feature in Jupiter’s low latitudes that’s a cyclone (rotating with clockwise motion).

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The Orion Nebula (Illustration)

 NASA/ESA/STScI/Caltech-IPAC

This image showcases both the visible and infrared visualizations of the Orion Nebula. This view from a movie sequence looks down the ‘valley’ leading to the star cluster at the far end.

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For the full animation of a flight through the Orion Nebula, check out this video:

 Hubble Space Telescope

Saturn’s Veil Of Ice

 NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Saturn’s rings, made of countless icy particles, form a translucent veil in this view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

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Mars’ Hidden Layers Of Ice

 NASA/JPL-Caltech/UA/USGS

Researchers using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found eight sites where thick deposits of ice beneath Mars’ surface are exposed in faces of eroding slopes.

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Kepler K2-138 System (Illustration)

 NASA/JPL-Caltech

This artist concept shows K2-138, the first multi-planet system discovered by citizen scientists. The central star is slightly smaller and cooler than our Sun. The five known planets are all between the size of Earth and Neptune.

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Published at Fri, 12 Jan 2018 21:31:50 +0000