Starting from a full moon image made from Apollo imagery then a zoom diving deep into the Taurus-Littrow Valley the landing site of Apollo 17. Pushing deeper into the animation reveals the Hubble Advanced Camera for Surveys data of the Apollo 17 Camelot crater.
This animation was created based on the images taken during the event. While Hubble took 20 images during the event, the hundreds of images needed for the animation were created from the original images using the measured rotation of Jupiter and the motions of the satellites and their shadows.
Credit:NASA, ESA, E. Karkoschka (University of Arizona) and L. Barranger
Five moons pose for the international Cassini spacecraft to create this beautiful portrait with Saturn’s rings from 29 July 2011. The Moons Rhea, Mimas, Enceladus, Pandora and Janus, are featured in this image.
Different views of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. It’s an atmospheric storm that has been raging in planet’s southern Hemisphere for at least 400 years. This ancient storm is so large that three Earths could fit inside it.
An international team of astronomers has discovered an exotic young planet that is not orbiting a star. This free-floating planet, dubbed PSO J318.5-22, is just 80 light-years away from Earth and has a mass only six times that of Jupiter. The planet formed a mere 12 million years ago, a newborn in planet lifetimes.
"We have never before seen an object free-floating in space that that looks like this. It has all the characteristics of young planets found around other stars, but it is drifting out there all alone," explained team leader Dr. Michael Liu of the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. “I had often wondered if such solitary objects exist, and now we know they do.”
The discovery paper of PSO J318.5-22 is being published by Astrophysical Journal Letters and is available at http://arxiv.org/abs/1310.0457. Image: Artist’s conception of PSO J318.5-22. Credit: MPIA/V. Ch. Quetz
Mimas, seen here beyond Saturn’s rings, is a major sculptor of Saturn’s rings. The 398-kilometer-wide (247-mile-wide) moon not only maintains the Cassini Division (not seen here), a gap wide enough to be visible from Earth through a small telescope, but it is also responsible for two of the thin, bright bands visible in this image near the rings’ center, interior to the dark Encke Gap. Knots in the thin, twisted F ring also are easily visible here. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow angle camera on Sept. 7, 2004, at a distance of 8.8 million kilometers (5.5 million miles) from Mimas and at a Sun-Mimas-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 84 degrees. The image scale is 53 kilometers (33 miles) per pixel (x)