Crescent Jupiter

crescent-jupiterThis picture was taken by JunoCam at 22:30 UTC on 11 December, 2016, as the Juno spacecraft performed its third close flyby of Jupiter. The spacecraft was about 459,000 km from the planet. The series of storm shaped like white ovals is known as the “string of pearls, and the reddish storm between them and the Great Red Spot is known as Oval BA.


Image Credit: NASA

Voyager 1 Looks Back

voyager1looksback-smallIn this artist’s rendering the Voyager 1 spacecraft has a outsider’s view of the Solar System. The circles represent the orbits of the major planets—Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Voyager 1 visited the planets Jupiter and Saturn, and the spacecraft is now almost 21 billion km from Earth, making it the farthest and fastest-moving human-made object ever built. It’s is now moving through interstellar space, the region between the stars that is filled with gas, dust, and material recycled from dying stars.

Image Credits: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)