Planetary Image of the Day – Week of December 6, 2021


Week of December 6, 2021

Welcome to our weekly recap of our Planetary Image of the Day (PPOD)!
Take a deep breath and take in views of the solar system, from close-ups revealing unexpected details to images that capture new perspectives.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS / Kevin M. Gill

Jupiter in detail
Breathtaking detail of several storms on Jupiter. Although the precise scale is unknown, Earth likely fits into the Round White Storm (possibly one of the String of Pearls storms), and the smaller white puffs are about the size of a large thunderstorm on Earth. Taken by JunoCam during period 38.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

The earth and the moon
Credit Image: NASA
Image Processing: Donald E. Davis (

Earth and Moon
Absolutely exceptional processing of the view of the Moon and Earth by Lunar Orbiter 4 123 Mr. Wow! It was inserted into lunar orbit on May 8, 1967. Its role was to carry out a large photographic survey to prepare for the Apollo mission. What a view!

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / Cassini Imaging Team / Jason Major

A view of the moon Enceladus of Saturn taken from images acquired by the Cassini probe on December 2, 2008, at a distance of approximately 126,000 km.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Close-up on the rings of Saturn
Credit Image: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / Cassini Imaging Team / Jason Major

In the rings of Saturn
Saturn’s rings are only about 10 meters (30 feet) thick. They are made from mostly water ice chunks ranging in size from dust grains to the scale of mountains. Fifteen years ago, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured this image of the sunny part of Saturn through the curtain of the planet’s rings.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Jupiter's clouds

Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS / Kevin M. Gill

Cloudy closeup
This image shows the amazing detail of individual clouds in Jupiter’s atmosphere. This was captured by JunoCam during Perijove 38. On average, individual clouds are just under 60 kilometers (37 miles) wide.


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