Solar System Exploration
Our Galactic Neighborhood
RTG fit and test
September 17, 2004
RTG fit and test
The beauty and spectacle of celestial motion is captured in this short movie of a moon shadow darting across Saturn's rings.
Moon Shadow in Motion
This animation shows "beacons" of hot air seen in the infrared that appeared during a great springtime storm on Saturn from January 2011 to March 2012.
Infrared Hotspots in a Monster Saturn Storm
August 2021 skywatching highlights: August is prime time for the Perseids, and perhaps the best time this year to enjoy viewing Jupiter and Saturn.
What's Up: August 2021
This computer-generated animation shows all of Cassini's orbits - affectionaly called the "ball of yarn" by mission planners.
The Ball of Yarn: Cassini's Orbits
A student-friendly interactive with accessible NASA data about the Sun and its features, including solar flares, magnetic fields, sunspots, and CMEs.
Student HelioViewer: Solar Data Interactive
The tumbling and irregularly shaped moon Hyperion rotates away from the Cassini spacecraft in this movie taken during a distant encounter in Dec. 2005.
Rough and Tumble Hyperion
This video takes viewers on a virtual tour of Vesta's south polar basin, the 'snowman' set of craters and a crater called Oppia.
Touring Vesta's Craters
An audio interview with Dr. John Kappenman, a solar storm analyst, talking about his research on how space weather affects the power grid on the Space Weather Living History podcast.
Space Weather Living History Podcast Featuring Solar Storm Analyst Dr. John Kappenman
Venus reaches peak elevation, Jupiter briefly disappears for some, and what's unique about Southern Hemisphere skies.
What's Up: May 2023 Skywatching Tips from NASA
Clouds move above Titan's large methane lakes and seas near the moon's north pole in this movie made from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Northern Clouds in Motion
Io Color Eclipse
Io Color Eclipse
Glowing like a neon lasso, Saturn’s aurora is seen spinning above Saturn’s north pole over the course of most of a Saturn day in this movie made from multiple images taken by the ultraviolet imagin...
Ultraviolet Aurora Movie
These two false-color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show detailed patterns that change during one Saturn day within the huge storm in the planet's northern hemisphere.
What's Up for January? Morning meteors, Mars meets its "rival," and the Moon comes around for another visit with Venus.
What's Up: January 2020 [Video]
The animation archived on this page shows the geocentric phase, libration, position angle of the axis, and apparent diameter of the Moon throughout the year 2017, at hourly intervals.
Moon Phase and Libration, 2017
The Helioseismic Magnetic Imager (HMI) aboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory takes a series of images every 45 seconds in a very narrow range of wavelengths in visible light of the solar photospher...
The Active Sun from SDO: HMI Dopplergram
This short computer-animated film highlights Cassini's accomplishments and Saturn and reveals the science-packed final orbits between April and September 2017.
Cassini's Grand Finale
The moon Prometheus slowly collides with the diffuse inner edge of Saturn's F ring in this movie sequence of Cassini images.
Spacecraft Full Stack
Spacecraft Full Stack
This movie from Cassini, made possible only as Saturn's north pole emerged from winter darkness, shows new details of a jet stream that follows a hexagon-shaped path and has long puzzled scientists.
Spring Reveals Saturn's Hexagon Jet Stream
: This mosaic combines views captured by Cassini as it made the first dive of the mission's Grand Finale on April 26, 2017, and shows details in bands and swirls in the atmosphere.
Cassini Noodle Mosaic of Saturn
The most prominent jets of vapor and icy particles emerging from the south polar terrain of Saturn’s moon Enceladus are shown here in graphical form in a movie clip of a “rotating” Enceladus.
One of the Hubble Space Telescope’s most iconic images is the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, which unveiled myriad galaxies across the universe, stretching back to within a few hundred million years of t...
One Image, One Million Galaxies
Scientists have discovered that water is being released from the Moon during meteor showers.
Water Released from Moon: Director's Cut
The geocentric phase, libration, position angle of the axis, and apparent diameter of the Moon throughout the year 2020.
Moon Phase and Libration, 2020
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