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Why are there no stars in most space images?

Emily Lakdawalla • January 28, 2019 • 5

Look up at space at night from a dark location and you can see innumerable stars. Why, then, do photos of so many things in space show black space, devoid of stars?

A new look at Europa, with old data

Ted Stryk • December 26, 2018

Ted Stryk shows us a new color, near-global view of Europa made from Galileo spacecraft data captured in 1996.

Moon Monday: Galileo's Galileans

Emily Lakdawalla • April 02, 2018 • 1

This week it seems fitting to feature a portrait of the Galilean moons by Galileo.

#LPSC2018: Groovy Galilean satellites

Harriet Brettle • March 30, 2018 • 1

The Jovian system is a busy place. The Groovy Galilean Satellites session at last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) covered analysis of past mission data, testable hypotheses for future missions, and discussion of the use of ground-based data.

#MoonMon: Io's pretty plumes

Emily Lakdawalla • March 26, 2018

On this Moon Monday, I'm featuring an animation processed by Gordan Ugarkovic, showing Jupiter's volcanic moon Io with its prominent plumes.

How the Falcon Heavy could revolutionize exploration of the ocean worlds

Casey Dreier • February 08, 2018 • 8

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy is not just for big payloads, it can also throw light things into space very fast. And that has significant implications for the exploration of distant destinations in our outer solar system—particularly the ocean moons of the giant planets.

Brief note from #AGU17: Juno observes volcanism on Io

Emily Lakdawalla • December 13, 2017

At the American Geophysical Union meeting, members of the Juno team showed observations of active volcanism on Jupiter's moon Io.

Explore spinnable Saturn and Jupiter moons with Google Maps

Emily Lakdawalla • October 27, 2017 • 2

Google Maps released several new map products that allow you to see the locations of named features on many solar system planets and non-planets, spinning them around in space with your mouse.

Voyager 40th anniversary: The transformation of the solar system

Ted Stryk • August 23, 2017 • 2

The Voyager missions transformed most of the large worlds of the solar system from points of light into places to be explored.

New Findings are Conclusive: Europa is crying out for exploration

Casey Dreier • September 26, 2016 • 19

New scientific findings add to the evidence that Europa is spouting its liquid ocean into space. NASA has a mission to Europa in the works, but it wouldn't launch for at least a decade. Congress can make it faster, but it all depends on whether they can pass a budget this year.

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