Solar System Pictures with images, information and facts for education and kids about the planets, moons, objects and origin our solar system.
Planet Saturn Storm Trail
This picture was captured on 25 February, 2011 by NASA’s Cassini Orbiter. It was taken about 12 weeks after the storm began and the clouds by this time had formed a tail that wrapped around the planet. This storm is the largest, most intense storm observed on Saturn by NASA’s Voyager or Cassini spacecraft. It is still active today (Feb 2013).
Colors of Planet Mercury
Mercury is the innermost planet. The image was created from the color base map imaging campaign during NASA’s MESSENGER main mission. The colors show the chemical, mineralogical and physical differences between the rocks that make up the surface of Planet Mercury.
Planet Saturn’s Infrared Ring.
NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope discovered a giant infrared ring around planet Saturn in 2009.The new belt lies at the far reaches of the Saturnian system, with an orbit tilted 27 degrees from the main ring plane. The bulk of its material starts about 6 million kms (3.7 million miles) away from the planet and extends outward roughly another 12 million kms (7.4 million miles). The ring’s diameter is equivalent to roughly 300 Saturns lined up side to side.
The ring consists of widely-dispersed particles of ice and dust. Spitzer’s infrared eyes were able to spot the glow of the cool dust. Saturn’s farthest moon, Phoebe, circles within the newfound ring and is likely the source of its material.
Early Solar System.
Solar System being born.
A baby star still surrounded by a protoplanetary disc in which planets are forming.
Sun Earth Moon Mars.
Did you know?
Our Earth is the 3rd Planet in our Solar System.
Solar System Pictures Links
- ESO – eso0942a – Burning lithium inside a star (artist’s impression): Image Credit: ESO / L. Calçada
- NASA – Saturn’s Infrared Ring: Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Keck
- Giant Ring Discovered Around Saturn: NASA Science News – October 7, 2009.
- Colors of the Innermost Planet: Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington.
- Space Imaging: Catching its Tail: Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.
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