Best photos of each planet in our solar system


Every planet in our solar system, provided one of the best ever obtained images


Obtained from a spacecraft NASA «Messenger», it is — the best ever picture taken of Mercury. It has been compiled as recently as February 22, 2013.


It's a little more than an old photograph — with the mission «Magellan» 1996. He was in orbit since 1989, but this is one of the best pictures taken them for all the flight. Dark spots on the entire surface of the planet — it traces of meteorites, and a large part of the light in the center — it Ovda Regio, a massive mountain range.


40 years after the publication of the famous picture of "Blue balls", which showed how our planet looks from space, NASA has released this updated version, photographed by satellite «Suomi NPP».


In the case of Mars, we must go back to 1980. Recent advances in the study of Mars gave us a lot of sverhdetalnyh images of the planet, but they are all made from close range or at all now from the surface. This shot again in the form of "marbles" — one of the best in the history of the Red Planet. This mosaic image taken from an orbiting module «Viking 1". A crack in the middle — it is Valles Marineris, a huge canyon, running along the equator of the planet, one of the largest in our solar system.


Jupiter is the best shot was received, believe it or not, with flying by Cassini probe in November 2003, which actually flew to Saturn. What's interesting is that all you see here is actually a cloud, not the surface of the planet itself. White and bronze rings — two different types of cloud cover. This image stands out the fact that these colors are very close to what actually would have seen the human eye.


And when the probe «Cassini» finally reached the point of his destination, he made these extraordinary pictures of Saturn and its moons. This image was compiled from images taken during Saturn's equinox in July 2008, a mosaic of 30 images taken over two hours.


Poor Uranus. In 1986, when «Voyager 2" passed the first "ice giants" on his way out of the solar system, it looked like nothing more than a green-blue sphere with no distinguishing marks. The reason for this was the methane clouds that make up the top layer of frozen gas atmosphere of this planet. It is believed that somewhere beneath the clouds and water there, but it just can not say no.


The last planet, which is the planet from the point of view of scientists, Neptune was discovered only in 1846, and even then it was opened through mathematical calculations rather than observations — changes in the orbit of Uranus led astronomer Alexis Bouvard to the assumption that it is for another planet. And this picture is not very high quality, because Neptune is visited only once, the probe «Voyager 2" in 1989. It is difficult to imagine what is really going on on this planet — the temperature on it just above absolute zero, it blows the strongest winds in the solar system (up to 2 thousand kilometers per hour), and we have an extremely vague idea of how the planet formed and all exists.


Yes, Pluto is a "dwarf", rather than the usual planet. But we can not leave it unattended, especially for the reason that it is the last major celestial body in our solar system — that also means that we have very little information about how it looks and what is happening there. This is a computer-generated image based on photographs telescope Hubble; color synthesized on the basis of assumptions, and the surface of the planet is not necessarily blurred, since we really do not know what it looks like.



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