Monday, February 27, 2017
Image of the Day

Image of the Day

A different astronomy and earth science related image, along with a brief explanation.

Beautiful new image of Saturn

As Saturn's northern hemisphere summer approaches, the shadows of the rings creep ever southward across the planet. Here, the ring shadows appear to obscure almost...

Mars Curiosity Selfie at ‘Okoruso’ Drill Hole

This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at a drill site called "Okoruso," on the "Naukluft Plateau" of lower Mount Sharp. In...

The rugged highlands of Pluto

This dramatic image from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft shows the dark, rugged highlands known as Krun Macula (lower right), which border a section of...

What a view for World Oceans Day

NASA astronaut Jeff Williams posted this amazing image from the International Space Station to celebrate World Oceans Day.  

Incredible Image: Fish trapped inside jellyfish

A photographer off the coast of Australia recently captured an incredible photo of a small fish swimming inside a jellyfish. Tim Samuel posted the on Instagram...

Saturn’s moons Janus and Mimas

The Cassini Orbiter captured this stunning image of Saturn's moons Janus and Mimas as they coast in their silent orbits beyond the planet's rings. Janus hangs above...

Clear skies made the Fort McMurray fire visible from space

Clear skies during the Suomi NPP satellite's pass over of the Fort McMurray Fire, shows the blaze is still raging. The image was captured on May...

Incredible New View of Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting around Saturn's ring plane for most of 2015. Along the way capturing amazing photos. But in early 2016, Cassini...

A view full of stars from the ISS

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have the best views. They are lucky enough to see the world at night on every orbit of the...

Hubble captures Galaxy NGC 4394

NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a striking image of Galaxy NGC 4394. Discovered in 1784 by the German–British astronomer William Herschel, NGC 4394 is...

Smoke from Fort McMurray Streams into the United States

The fire that devastated Fort McMurray has generated pyrocumulus clouds that lofted smoke over North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. The smoke triggered warnings about unhealthy...

Saturn’s Moon – Epimetheus

Epimetheus is the fifth satellite of Saturn and at only 70 miles (113 kilometers across) is too small to have sufficient self-gravity to form itself...

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket stuck the landing…again!

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket once again landed on an offshore “droneship,” named “Of Course I Still Love You,” which floated in the dark off the coast of Florida. The landing came...

Saturn looks massive next to Enceladus

Even though it appears like a tiny drop before the might of the giant Saturn, Enceladus holds many mysteries and wonders to be explored. Enceladus is...

The ‘Naukluft Plateau’ on Mars

This 360-degree panorama was acquired by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on April 4, 2016, from a location on top of the "Naukluft Plateau" on lower...

The Haulani Crater on Ceres

The Haulani Crater is an impact crater located on Ceres. With a diameter of 21 miles (34 kilometers), the crater shows evidence of landslides from its rim. Smooth...

Hubble Looks Into the Heart of the Milky Way

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope look into the heart of our Milky Way galaxy and revealed a rich tapestry of more than half a million stars. The...

Enceladus has cracks in its ice caused by tectonic activity

The Cassini spacecraft has beamed back new, close-up images of the sixth-largest moon of Saturn, Enceladus. The image features a sinuous crack that snakes from the moon's south pole like...

The Spider nebula glows in this stunning space image

Located in the constellation Auriga, the Spider Nebula is a planetary nebula located near the heart of the Milky Way about 10,000 light-years away. On Thursday,...

Venus From the International Space Station

On Dec. 5, 2015, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Kimiya Yui captured this image from the International Space Station of the planet Venus...

Saturn as it sits askew

NASA's Cassini spacecraft catpured this amazing view of Saturn as it sits askew. Tiny Dione (698 miles or 1,123 kilometers across) looks on from lower left. This...

Russia’s Progress MS-2 cargo ship coming in on approach

Russia’s Progress MS-2 cargo resupply ship coming in to docked to the International Space Station. A Soyuz 2.1a rocket launched Russia’s Progress MS-2 on March 31. After...

Horsehead of a Different Color

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured this spectacular image of the famous Horsehead nebula making a ghostly appearance on the far right side of the...

Portrait of Pluto and Charon

The New Horizons spacecraft captured the two icy worlds, Pluto and Charon, spinning around their common center of gravity during it's approach on during approach on July...

Two colliding galaxy clusters

This multi-colored haze marks the site of two colliding galaxy clusters, forming a single object known as MACS J0416.1-2403 (or MACS J0416 for short). MACS...