Ceres Jun 18, 2015

Ceres on Jun 18, from an altitude of 4,400 kilometers

Processed image of Ceres, taken by the Dawn spacecraft on Jun 18, 2015. The surface is distant 4400 km and the resolution of the image is about 410 meters per pixel. The crater with bright borders has a diameter of about 25 kilometers. The original image (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA) has been processed to enhance contrast and…

Pluto and Charon Jul 7, 2015

Pluto from 12.5M km

Great news! New Horizons is back to operations after the issue that affected its main computer a couple of days ago. Today the New Horizons team published a set of pictures taken on Jul 3 (before the computer issue) from a distance of 12.5M km from Pluto. Theose images show a lot of interesting features,…

The Mountain on Ceres

The Mountain on Ceres

This image received from the Dawn spacecraft clearly shows a recently discovered mountain, approximately 5km high. Original image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Pluto and Charon from 14.9M km

Pluto and Charon from 14.9M km

Latest image received from New Horizons, distance is now 14.9M km and we’re now 12 days from the flyby. As always image has been enlarged and sharpened. Some small scale artifacts might be present in the image. It’s more and more evident how the surface has different reflectivity, with brighter and darker areas separated by…

Pluto and Charon - 15.9M km

Pluto from 15.9M km

Latest processed image of Pluto and Charon coming from New Horizons, from a distance of 15.9M km. Original images have been enlarged, stacked and sharpened. Interesting surface features are becoming more and more apparent. What in previous pictures seemed like a big crater, now seems more similar to a large dark area on the surface.…

Pluto from 18.2M km

Pluto from 18.2M km

Latest image received from New Horizons, now 18.2M km from target. Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Jupiter-Venus Conjunction

Animation of Venus-Jupiter Conjunction

On Jun 30 – Jul 1 Venus and Jupiter will be in close conjunction, less than 1 degree apart. This animation about the conjunction has been created using the screenshot feature of TheSkyLive.com Planetarium (press ‘p’ key to create a screenshot).

Pluto from 20.6M km

Pluto from 20.6M km

Latest image of Pluto from New Horizons LORRI instrument, taken from a distance of 20.6M km. Original images have been enlarged and processed in order to increase contrast and sharpness. Features similar to craters appear, however there is still some uncertainty caused by possible processing artifacts. Original image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest…