Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
The Sun emitted a significant solar flare on Dec. 19, 2014.
Holiday Lights on the Sun: Imagery of a Solar Flare
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft obtained this raw image of the moon Mimas on Oct. 16, 2010, just before Mimas went into shadow behind Saturn. The camera was approximately 101,552 kilometers (63,1010 mil...
Mimas -- Oct. 16, 2010 (raw)
This spectrogram and video show a changing pattern of radio waves from Saturn known as Saturn Kilometric Radiation, as detected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Saturn's Radio Period Crossover
An aircraft taking off in front of a supermoon as it rises in 2017.
Supermoon and Jet (2017)
Intricate curlicues and circular patterns of storms swirl through the high latitudes near Saturn's south pole in this image from the Cassini spacecraft. The view was obtained at a distance of appr...
Floating high above the hydrocarbon lakes, wispy clouds have finally started to return to Titan's northern latitudes.
Send in the Clouds
Three of Saturn's moons are captured with the planet in this exquisite family portrait. At top, Saturn is bedecked with the shadows of its innermost rings. Tethys (1,071 kilometers, or 665 miles a...
Worlds in Orbit
The short and slender shadow of Pan is cast over Saturn's A ring as the moon orbits within the Encke Gap. As Saturn approaches its August 2009 equinox, the planet's moons are casting shadows onto ...
Minuscule Moon Shadow
+ View Original Image High-resolution Cassini images show an astonishing level of structure in Saturn's Cassini Division, including two ringlets that were not seen in NASA Voyager spacecraft im...
New Rings for Cassini's Division (Labeled Version)
The first Kuiper Belt Object -- 1992 QB1 -- was discovered in 1992 by American astronomers David Jewitt and Janet Luu using the 2.2-m telescope at Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
Solar Wind and Aurora at Jupiter March 8, 2001 For higher resolution image, click here. NASA's Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and Saturn-bound Cassini spacecraft recently pro...
On the final flyby of Cassini's original four-year tour, its radar mapper captured these unusual channels on Titan at the edge of Xanadu, the widest seen in this area. (For a radar image of Xanadu ...
This close-up view of Hakumyi crater, as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, provides insight into the origin of the small crater and lobe-shaped flow next to its southern rim.
Hakumyi Crater from LAMO
Saturn's largest moon, Titan, peeks out from under the planet's rings of ice. This view looks toward Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across) from slightly beneath the ringplane. The dark E...
Titan on the Side
On July 19, 2012, million-degree plasma in the sun's atmosphere began to cool and fall to the surface, resulting in a dazzling magnetic display known as coronal rain.
Raindrops Falling on the Sun
This 3-D anaglyph of Ceres is part of a sequence of images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).
Dawn RC3 Image 7 Anaglyph
This image of asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an area of the surface that is both grooved and smooth, which gives it an undulating appearance. This image is located in Vesta's Numi...
Grooved Surface and Area of Boulders
Saturn's Atmosphere and Rings June 26, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05413 In this image, ...
Saturn's Atmosphere and Rings
Craters imprinted upon other craters record the long history of impacts endured by Saturn's moon Rhea. This view looks toward the mid-southern latitudes of the Saturn-facing side of Rhea (1,528 ki...
Crater Upon Crater
Light and Shadow July 30, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05424 The dark shadow of Saturn's southern hemisphe...
Light and Shadow
This view shows the unlit face of Saturn's rings, visible via scattered and transmitted light. In these views, dark regions represent gaps and areas of higher particle densities, while brighter reg...
Three of Titan's major surface features - dunes, craters and the enigmatic Xanadu - appear in this radar image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The hazy bright area at the left that extends to the l...
Titan: Putting it all Together
Cassini captured this look at Saturn and its rings in 2006.
Postcard from the Ring Plane
Titan emerges from behind Saturn, while Tethys streaks into view, in this colorful scene. Saturn's shadow darkens the far arm of the rings near the planet's limb. Titan is 5,150 kilometers (3,200 ...
Moons on the Move
Terrain seen in this view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is in the northern hemisphere of Ceres. A sharp cliff separates Dada Crater, the smaller crater at top center, from Roskva Crater, the larger c...
Dawn LAMO Image 70
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