From the surface of Venus, to the rings of Saturn, here are 26 amazing photos of our solar system.
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26. Solar Flare 2017
25. Solar Flare 1973
24. Simply Massive
23. Sunrise on Mercury
22. The First
20. The Surface
19. 1982 Vebera-13
18. Earth and the Moon
17. Hurricane Edouard
15. Olympus Mons
12. The Red Eye
11. The Moons
10. The Surface of Europa
The moon of Europa is extremely unique and is covered in a thick layer of ice. Not only that, satellites have detected thermal energy here and have seen water vapor coming out from the surface. Scientists ponder the possibility of life on this planet since there’s liquid water underneath the frozen ice sheets.
The sixth planet from the sun is Saturn and this is another gas giant but much smaller than jupiter. Saturn is mostly known for its rings that surround it. If you’re an amateur astronomer this is one of the coolest planets to look at because you can often see the rings1! It takes 29 earth years for it to make one lap around the sun and it’s mostly made up of hydrogen with a metalic core. .
Saturn has 62 confirmed moons just behind saturn for the most in the solar system and the one we barely see in this image is of the moon Titan which mysteriously has oceans of liquid methane. Scientists have been debating whether or not life can form in these oceans extremely far from the sun in this chemical.
7. Titan Crescent
Imagine looking up in the sky and the moon was green instead white like we’re used to or just seeing more than 60 of them! Here in this photo we see what Titan might look like from saturn’s point of view during a crescent stage. Titan, which is larger than the planet of Mercury, almost has a planet like atmosphere and it takes 15,945 earth days to rotate saturn. The atmosphere has an orange haze to it which is mainly composed of 95 percent nitrogen and 5 percent methane, kind of like earth. The orange haze is still somewhat of a mystery.
6. The Surface
It’s very hard to tell what Titan’s surface actually looks like, but we know there’s an atmosphere and we know there’s liquid methane. It’s best to show you an artists representation that we think could be accurate.This illustratio n by Ron Miller shows the liquid pools of methane and the strange atmosphere on this moon.
Little did you know that photos of your Uranus were on the internet! Once we venture off this deep into space, it’s a little more complicated getting images of it. Only one spacecraft called the voyager 2 has passed by it. The deep blue color would make you believe this is filled with a blue ocean but it’s not! It’s actually blue because it absorbs red light from the sun and reflects blue light.
Neptune is the Roman god of the sea and you can can tell it looks somewhat similar to Uranus only bluer. This thing takes 164.8 earth years to fully orbit the sun and it’s only about 2.7 Billion miles away. This was taken by the Voyager 2 satellite and you can tell it has a giant blue spot in a few places.
This image is computer generated to fit both neptune and triton in the same photo but we imagine an image like this in solar system is possible, Neptune has a ring system but also 14 different moons. The most notable one is Triton which has a crazy geological system. On this moon, there’s volcanos but do you really think these volcanoes are going to spew out hot lava from billions of miles from the sun, no! Triton actually has volcanoes that shoot out liquid nitrogen, which we use on earth to freeze things instantly like warts.
And finally, the last planet we have photos of, is pluto, thanks to the New Horizons Long Range REconnaissance orbiter. Nasa believes that there is a 10th planet out there but haven’t gotten any photos for us yet. Many have debated whether this is a planet or a dwarf planet or whatever it is, but at the end of the day, it still orbits the sun. Named after the greek god of the underworld, Pluto is certainly a dark place to be. It’s situated about 3.6 billion miles away and has a rocky rough surface.
Halley’s comet orbits our most well known comment and it travels around our solar system ever 75-76 years. It’s very rare to witness this kind of thing, let alone trying to catch a photo of it with a satellite! In 1986, this ball of dust and ice was caught on camera by Giotto, a European spacecraft. It’s very rare to see the nucleus of this comet in such detail!
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Originally posted 2017-04-21 16:30:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter