This week, all eyes are on Saturn and, more especially, the Cassini spacecraft which circled the planet one final time before crashing into its surface on Friday. It left behind tens of thousands of pictures, including some last shots such as the picture of Saturn’s clouds close to the terminator, that’s the boundary between day and night. Additionally, it took the awkwardly named “goodbye-kiss” picture of Titan. The moon’s gravity gave Cassini one last push around Saturn until its dramatic ending.
Not as tragic is that the Juno spacecraft now on its eighth flyby of Jupiter. It provided a striking vision of the world’s spiraling clouds in a collection of color-enhanced images. Transferring a bit closer to home, you can view a false-color map of Mars’ surface. The map shows a potential porous crust, a finding that, if accurate, would tell scientists a lot about how the planet formed. But that is not all. The sun continues to make a major fuss, releasing yet another monumental flare and sending a luminous arch of plasma into space. And Hubble spied a dazzling barred spiral galaxy NGC 5398 and its star-making cloud Tol 89 that boasts over seven massive star clusters.
Not done with the space tour? Check out the rest of the collection here.