The Week's Coolest Space Photos

The Week's Coolest Space Photos

Every day satellites are zooming through space, snapping incredible pictures of Earth, the solar system, and outer space. Here are the highlights from this week.

The ‘Face’ Of Jupiter (Header Image):

JunoCam images aren’t just for art and science — sometimes they are processed to bring a chuckle. This image, processed by citizen scientist Jason Major, is titled “Jovey McJupiterface.” By rotating the image 180 degrees and orienting it from south up, two white oval storms turn into eyeballs, and the “face” of Jupiter is revealed.

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A Saturnian Dawn

 NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft peers toward a sliver of Saturn’s sunlit atmosphere while the icy rings stretch across the foreground as a dark band.

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One Of The Largest Stars In Our Known Universe

 ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/E. O’Gorman/P. Kervella

Betelgeuse is one of the largest stars currently known — with a radius around 1400 times larger than the Sun’s in the millimeter continuum. About 600 light-years away in the constellation of Orion (The Hunter), the red supergiant burns brightly, causing it to have only a short life expectancy. The star is just about eight million years old, but is already on the verge of becoming a supernova.

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The Beautiful Dunes Of Mars

 NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

This enhanced-color image shows sand dunes trapped in an impact crater in Noachis Terra, Mars. Dunes and sand ripples of various shapes and sizes display the natural beauty created by physical processes.

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Saturn’s Small Ring Moons

 NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

This montage of views from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows three of Saturn’s small ring moons: Atlas, Daphnis and Pan at the same scale for ease of comparison.

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If you still have a craving for cool pictures of outer space, you should check out our pickings of the best space photos from last week.

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Published at Fri, 30 Jun 2017 20:03:42 +0000