Solar System Exploration
Earth's Magnetic Dent
August 24, 2020
Explore Earth's magnetic 'dent'
This animation based on data obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows how the “explosions” of hot plasma on the night side (orange and white) periodically inflate Saturn’s magnetic field (white ...
Saturn's Hot Plasma Explosions
An overview video of the OSIRIS-REx mission.
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
This animation of Vesta is made from images taken with Dawn's framing camera.
Vesta's Coat of Many Colors
Studying Venus not only teaches us about our own planet, but also about many planets beyond our solar system.
Venus: The Mysterious Planet
NASA’s Dawn: Highlighting Bright Areas of Ceres
NASA's Dawn: Highlighting Bright Areas of Ceres
This video describes Cassini measurements of high speed streams of tiny dust particles emanating from the vicinity of Saturn.
Cosmic Messengers From Saturn
This animation, from Cassini's navigation team, shows the spacecraft's final orbits in 2016 and 2017.
Final Orbits: Cassini Grand Finale (Animation)
Rotating asteroids have a tough time sticking to their orbits. Their surfaces heat up during the day and cool down at night, giving off radiation that can act as a sort of mini-thruster.
How Sunlight Pushes Asteroids
This video uses data gathered from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft to recreate some of the stunning views of the Moon that the Apollo 13 astronauts saw on their perilous journey around ...
Apollo 13 Views of the Moon in 4K
The sequence of seven images in this animation shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from June 27 to July 8, 2015. From Mars, the rover was in position to see the opposite side of...
Tracking Sunspots from Mars, Summer 2015
A meteor shower produced by debris from Halley's Comet, asteroids named after dinosaurs, and a "blue moon" on May 18th.
What's Up: May 2019 Skywatching from NASA
As millions of people observed the total lunar eclipse on October 8, 2014, MESSENGER was also watching from Mercury.
Lunar Eclipse From Mercury
This three-frame animation from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the swirling clouds in a vortex spawned by a great northern storm on Saturn. The clouds are moving in a clockwise direction.
A harvest moon and a blue moon, Mars is up all night, and a journey beyond the galaxy.
What's Up - October 2020 [VIDEO]
One of the glittering trails caused by small objects punching through Saturn's F ring is highlighted in this movie from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Glittering Trail in Saturn's F Ring (Narrated)
October 2021 skywatching highlights: Find the Moon with Venus and Arcturus after sunset, and Regulus and Mercury before sunrise. And get to know Vega and Deneb, two of the brightest stars in the No...
What's Up: October 2021
The Sun emitted a significant solar flare on Dec. 19, 2014.
Holiday Lights on the Sun: Imagery of a Solar Flare
This animation illustrates Jupiter's magnetic field.
Jupiter's Magnetic Field
The Usual Suspects: Science research is like detective work. One scientist takes his case to California's Death Valley, to search for clues surrounding a Titan lake.
The Usual Suspects
This animation, made using data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the topography of Occator crater on Ceres.
Circling Occator Crater on Ceres
This animation shows the geocentric phase, libration, position angle of the axis, and apparent diameter of the Moon throughout the year 2019, at hourly intervals. The imagery is based on actual dat...
Moon Phase and Libration, 2019
Cassini mission planners created this animation to showcase Cassini's final 22 orbits - the mission's Grand Finale.
Grand Finale Orbits - Side View
Six years of exploration through the 'eyes' of the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit.
Spirit of Mars
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