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Scientists have found evidence of plate tectonics on Jupiter's moon Europa. This conceptual illustration of the subduction process.
Scientists have found evidence of plate tectonics on Jupiter's moon Europa. This conceptual illustration of the subduction process.

Plate Tectonics on Europa

Scientists have found evidence of plate tectonics on Jupiter's moon Europa. This conceptual illustration of the subduction process.

Target: Europa
Mission: Galileo
ID#: PIA18428
Added: 2014-09-08

Views: 158

Plate Tectonics on Europa

Scientists have found evidence of plate tectonics on Jupiter's moon Europa. This conceptual illustration of the subduction process.

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These images show Jupiter's moon Io obtained at different infrared wavelengths with the W. M. Keck Observatory's 10-meter Keck II telescope on Aug. 15, 2013 (a-c), and the Gemini North telescope on Aug. 29, 2013 (d).
These images show Jupiter's moon Io obtained at different infrared wavelengths with the W. M. Keck Observatory's 10-meter Keck II telescope on Aug. 15, 2013 (a-c), and the Gemini North telescope on Aug. 29, 2013 (d).

Eruptions on Io

These images show Jupiter's moon Io obtained at different infrared wavelengths with the W. M. Keck Observatory's 10-meter Keck II telescope on Aug. 15, 2013 (a-c), and the Gemini North telescope on Aug. 29, 2013 (d).

Target: Io
Mission: Gemini North Telescope, Keck Telescope
ID#: PIA18656
Added: 2014-08-04

Views: 1798

Eruptions on Io

These images show Jupiter's moon Io obtained at different infrared wavelengths with the W. M. Keck Observatory's 10-meter Keck II telescope on Aug. 15, 2013 (a-c), and the Gemini North telescope on Aug. 29, 2013 (d).

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This Aug. 29, 2013, outburst on Io was among the largest ever observed on the most volcanically active body in the solar system. The infrared was image taken by Gemini North telescope.
This Aug. 29, 2013, outburst on Io was among the largest ever observed on the most volcanically active body in the solar system. The infrared was image taken by Gemini North telescope.

Bright Outburst on Io

This Aug. 29, 2013, outburst on Io was among the largest ever observed on the most volcanically active body in the solar system. The infrared was image taken by Gemini North telescope.

Target: Io
Mission: Gemini North Telescope
ID#: PIA18657
Added: 2014-08-04

Views: 5908

Bright Outburst on Io

This Aug. 29, 2013, outburst on Io was among the largest ever observed on the most volcanically active body in the solar system. The infrared was image taken by Gemini North telescope.

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This colorized image of Europa is a product of clear-filter grayscale data from one orbit of NASA's Galileo spacecraft, combined with lower-resolution color data taken on a different orbit.
This colorized image of Europa is a product of clear-filter grayscale data from one orbit of NASA's Galileo spacecraft, combined with lower-resolution color data taken on a different orbit.

Reddish Bands on Europa

This colorized image of Europa is a product of clear-filter grayscale data from one orbit of NASA's Galileo spacecraft, combined with lower-resolution color data taken on a different orbit.

Target: Europa
Mission: Galileo
Spacecraft: Galileo Orbiter
Instrument: Solid-State Imaging
ID#: PIA18413
Added: 2014-07-08

Views: 3811

Reddish Bands on Europa

This colorized image of Europa is a product of clear-filter grayscale data from one orbit of NASA's Galileo spacecraft, combined with lower-resolution color data taken on a different orbit.

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This artist's concept of Jupiter's moon Ganymede, the largest moon in the solar system, illustrates the 'club sandwich' model of its interior oceans. Scientists suspect Ganymede has a massive ocean under an icy crust.
This artist's concept of Jupiter's moon Ganymede, the largest moon in the solar system, illustrates the 'club sandwich' model of its interior oceans. Scientists suspect Ganymede has a massive ocean under an icy crust.

Possible 'Moonwich' of Ice and Oceans on Ganymede (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept of Jupiter's moon Ganymede, the largest moon in the solar system, illustrates the 'club sandwich' model of its interior oceans. Scientists suspect Ganymede has a massive ocean under an icy crust.

Target: Ganymede
ID#: PIA18005
Added: 2014-05-01

Views: 3341

Possible 'Moonwich' of Ice and Oceans on Ganymede (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept of Jupiter's moon Ganymede, the largest moon in the solar system, illustrates the 'club sandwich' model of its interior oceans. Scientists suspect Ganymede has a massive ocean under an icy crust.

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This map composed of images NASA's Galileo and Voyager missions shows the hemisphere of Europa that might be affected by plume deposits. The view is centered at -65 degrees latitude, 183 degrees longitude.
This map composed of images NASA's Galileo and Voyager missions shows the hemisphere of Europa that might be affected by plume deposits. The view is centered at -65 degrees latitude, 183 degrees longitude.

Source Region for Possible Europa Plumes

This map composed of images NASA's Galileo and Voyager missions shows the hemisphere of Europa that might be affected by plume deposits. The view is centered at -65 degrees latitude, 183 degrees longitude.

Target: Europa
Mission: Galileo, Voyager
ID#: PIA18030
Added: 2014-02-26

Views: 1132

Source Region for Possible Europa Plumes

This map composed of images NASA's Galileo and Voyager missions shows the hemisphere of Europa that might be affected by plume deposits. The view is centered at -65 degrees latitude, 183 degrees longitude.

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This is a frame from an animation of a rotating globe of Jupiter's moon Ganymede, with a geologic map superimposed over a global color mosaic, incorporating the best available imagery from NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft, and Galileo spacecraft.
This is a frame from an animation of a rotating globe of Jupiter's moon Ganymede, with a geologic map superimposed over a global color mosaic, incorporating the best available imagery from NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft, and Galileo spacecraft.

Rotating Globe of Ganymede Geology

This is a frame from an animation of a rotating globe of Jupiter's moon Ganymede, with a geologic map superimposed over a global color mosaic, incorporating the best available imagery from NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft, and Galileo spacecraft.

Target: Ganymede
Mission: Galileo, Voyager
Spacecraft: Galileo Orbiter, Voyager 1, Voyager 2
ID#: PIA17902
Added: 2014-02-12

Views: 7229

Rotating Globe of Ganymede Geology

This is a frame from an animation of a rotating globe of Jupiter's moon Ganymede, with a geologic map superimposed over a global color mosaic, incorporating the best available imagery from NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft, and Galileo spacecraft.

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To present the best information in a single view of Jupiter's moon Ganymede, a global image mosaic was assembled, incorporating the best available imagery from NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft and NASA's Galileo spacecraft.
To present the best information in a single view of Jupiter's moon Ganymede, a global image mosaic was assembled, incorporating the best available imagery from NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft and NASA's Galileo spacecraft.

Ganymede Global Geologic Map and Global Image Mosaic

To present the best information in a single view of Jupiter's moon Ganymede, a global image mosaic was assembled, incorporating the best available imagery from NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft and NASA's Galileo spacecraft.

Target: Ganymede
Mission: Galileo, Voyager
Spacecraft: Galileo Orbiter, Voyager 1, Voyager 2
ID#: PIA17901
Added: 2014-02-12

Views: 6218

Ganymede Global Geologic Map and Global Image Mosaic

To present the best information in a single view of Jupiter's moon Ganymede, a global image mosaic was assembled, incorporating the best available imagery from NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft and NASA's Galileo spacecraft.

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This view of Cilix impact crater on Europa was created in 2013 using 3-D stereo images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft, combined with advanced image processing techniques.
This view of Cilix impact crater on Europa was created in 2013 using 3-D stereo images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft, combined with advanced image processing techniques.

3-D Cilix Crater on Europa

This view of Cilix impact crater on Europa was created in 2013 using 3-D stereo images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft, combined with advanced image processing techniques.

Target: Europa
Mission: Galileo
Spacecraft: Galileo Orbiter
ID#: PIA17851
Added: 2014-01-07

Views: 968

3-D Cilix Crater on Europa

This view of Cilix impact crater on Europa was created in 2013 using 3-D stereo images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft, combined with advanced image processing techniques.

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This graphic shows the location of water vapor detected over Europa's south pole in observations taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in December 2012. This is the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off Europa's surface.
This graphic shows the location of water vapor detected over Europa's south pole in observations taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in December 2012. This is the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off Europa's surface.

Water Vapor Over Europa

This graphic shows the location of water vapor detected over Europa's south pole in observations taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in December 2012. This is the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off Europa's surface.

Target: Europa
Mission: Galileo, Hubble Space Telescope, Voyager
Spacecraft: Galileo Orbiter, Voyager 1
ID#: PIA17660
Added: 2013-12-12

Views: 2293

Water Vapor Over Europa

This graphic shows the location of water vapor detected over Europa's south pole in observations taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in December 2012. This is the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off Europa's surface.

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This is an artist's concept of a plume of water vapor thought to be ejected off the frigid, icy surface of the Jovian moon Europa, located about 500 million miles (800 million kilometers) from the sun.
This is an artist's concept of a plume of water vapor thought to be ejected off the frigid, icy surface of the Jovian moon Europa, located about 500 million miles (800 million kilometers) from the sun.

Artist's Concept of Europa Water Vapor Plume

This is an artist's concept of a plume of water vapor thought to be ejected off the frigid, icy surface of the Jovian moon Europa, located about 500 million miles (800 million kilometers) from the sun.

Target: Europa
Mission: Hubble Space Telescope
ID#: PIA17659
Added: 2013-12-12

Views: 2605

Artist's Concept of Europa Water Vapor Plume

This is an artist's concept of a plume of water vapor thought to be ejected off the frigid, icy surface of the Jovian moon Europa, located about 500 million miles (800 million kilometers) from the sun.

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This image, using data from NASA's Galileo mission, shows the first detection of clay-like minerals on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa.
This image, using data from NASA's Galileo mission, shows the first detection of clay-like minerals on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa.

Clay Prints on Europa

This image, using data from NASA's Galileo mission, shows the first detection of clay-like minerals on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa.

Target: Europa
Mission: Galileo
Spacecraft: Galileo Orbiter
Instrument: Near Infra-Red Mapping Spectrometer
ID#: PIA17658
Added: 2013-12-11

Views: 2058

Clay Prints on Europa

This image, using data from NASA's Galileo mission, shows the first detection of clay-like minerals on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa.

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This artist's concept shows a possible explosion resulting from a high-speed collision between a space rock and Jupiter's moon Europa.
This artist's concept shows a possible explosion resulting from a high-speed collision between a space rock and Jupiter's moon Europa.

Hit Hard: Possible Collision at Europa (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept shows a possible explosion resulting from a high-speed collision between a space rock and Jupiter's moon Europa.

Target: Europa
Mission: Galileo
Spacecraft: Galileo Orbiter
ID#: PIA17657
Added: 2013-12-11

Views: 1731

Hit Hard: Possible Collision at Europa (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept shows a possible explosion resulting from a high-speed collision between a space rock and Jupiter's moon Europa.

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This enhanced color image shows cracks and ridges on Europa's surface that reveal a detailed geologic history. The view was captured by NASA's Galileo spacecraft on February 2, 1999.
This enhanced color image shows cracks and ridges on Europa's surface that reveal a detailed geologic history. The view was captured by NASA's Galileo spacecraft on February 2, 1999.

Cracks and Ridges on Europa

This enhanced color image shows cracks and ridges on Europa's surface that reveal a detailed geologic history. The view was captured by NASA's Galileo spacecraft on February 2, 1999.

Target: Europa
Mission: Galileo
Spacecraft: Galileo Orbiter
Instrument: Solid-State Imaging
ID#: PIA17737
Added: 2013-11-25

Views: 1760

Cracks and Ridges on Europa

This enhanced color image shows cracks and ridges on Europa's surface that reveal a detailed geologic history. The view was captured by NASA's Galileo spacecraft on February 2, 1999.

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This is a composite photo, assembled from separate images of Jupiter and comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, as imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in 1994.
This is a composite photo, assembled from separate images of Jupiter and comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, as imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in 1994.

Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Approaching Jupiter in 1994

This is a composite photo, assembled from separate images of Jupiter and comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, as imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in 1994.

Target: Jupiter
Mission: Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument: Hubble Space Telescope
ID#: PIA17007
Added: 2013-04-23

Views: 2844

Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Approaching Jupiter in 1994

This is a composite photo, assembled from separate images of Jupiter and comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, as imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in 1994.

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This map shows the distribution of water in the stratosphere of Jupiter as measured with the Herschel space observatory. White and cyan indicate highest concentration of water, and blue indicates lesser amounts.
This map shows the distribution of water in the stratosphere of Jupiter as measured with the Herschel space observatory. White and cyan indicate highest concentration of water, and blue indicates lesser amounts.

Distribution of Water in Jupiter's Stratosphere

This map shows the distribution of water in the stratosphere of Jupiter as measured with the Herschel space observatory. White and cyan indicate highest concentration of water, and blue indicates lesser amounts.

Target: Jupiter
Mission: Herschel Space Observatory
Instrument: Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer
ID#: PIA17006
Added: 2013-04-23

Views: 2438

Distribution of Water in Jupiter's Stratosphere

This map shows the distribution of water in the stratosphere of Jupiter as measured with the Herschel space observatory. White and cyan indicate highest concentration of water, and blue indicates lesser amounts.

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This graphic of Jupiter's moon Europa maps a relationship between the amount of energy deposited onto the moon from charged-particle bombardment and chemical contents of ice deposits.
This graphic of Jupiter's moon Europa maps a relationship between the amount of energy deposited onto the moon from charged-particle bombardment and chemical contents of ice deposits.

Energy From Above Affecting Surface of Europa

This graphic of Jupiter's moon Europa maps a relationship between the amount of energy deposited onto the moon from charged-particle bombardment and chemical contents of ice deposits.

Target: Europa
Mission: Galileo
Spacecraft: Galileo Orbiter
Instrument: Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
ID#: PIA16921
Added: 2013-04-12

Views: 1602

Energy From Above Affecting Surface of Europa

This graphic of Jupiter's moon Europa maps a relationship between the amount of energy deposited onto the moon from charged-particle bombardment and chemical contents of ice deposits.

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This map shows predicted heat flow at the surface of Jupiter's moon Io from two tidal-heating models. Red indicates areas where more heat is expected; blue where less heat is expected.
This map shows predicted heat flow at the surface of Jupiter's moon Io from two tidal-heating models. Red indicates areas where more heat is expected; blue where less heat is expected.

Io Predicted Heat Flow Map

This map shows predicted heat flow at the surface of Jupiter's moon Io from two tidal-heating models. Red indicates areas where more heat is expected; blue where less heat is expected.

Target: Io
ID#: PIA16941
Added: 2013-04-04

Views: 1416

Io Predicted Heat Flow Map

This map shows predicted heat flow at the surface of Jupiter's moon Io from two tidal-heating models. Red indicates areas where more heat is expected; blue where less heat is expected.

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In this series of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a dark, rectangular hot spot interacts with a line of vortices that approaches from on the upper-right side. The interaction distorts the shape of the hot spot, leaving it diminished.
In this series of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a dark, rectangular hot spot interacts with a line of vortices that approaches from on the upper-right side. The interaction distorts the shape of the hot spot, leaving it diminished.

Vortices Bump into a Hot Spot in Jupiter's Atmosphere

In this series of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a dark, rectangular hot spot interacts with a line of vortices that approaches from on the upper-right side. The interaction distorts the shape of the hot spot, leaving it diminished.

Target: Jupiter
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA16838
Added: 2013-03-14

Views: 2298

Vortices Bump into a Hot Spot in Jupiter's Atmosphere

In this series of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a dark, rectangular hot spot interacts with a line of vortices that approaches from on the upper-right side. The interaction distorts the shape of the hot spot, leaving it diminished.

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The dark hot spot in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is a window deep into Jupiter's atmosphere. All around it are layers of higher clouds, with colors indicating which layer of the atmosphere the clouds are in.
The dark hot spot in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is a window deep into Jupiter's atmosphere. All around it are layers of higher clouds, with colors indicating which layer of the atmosphere the clouds are in.

Peering Deep into Jupiter's Atmosphere

The dark hot spot in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is a window deep into Jupiter's atmosphere. All around it are layers of higher clouds, with colors indicating which layer of the atmosphere the clouds are in.

Target: Jupiter
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA16837
Added: 2013-03-14

Views: 5421

Peering Deep into Jupiter's Atmosphere

The dark hot spot in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is a window deep into Jupiter's atmosphere. All around it are layers of higher clouds, with colors indicating which layer of the atmosphere the clouds are in.

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This view of Jupiter's moon Europa features several regional-resolution mosaics overlaid on a lower resolution global view for context. The regional views were obtained during several different flybys of the moon by NASA's Galileo mission.
This view of Jupiter's moon Europa features several regional-resolution mosaics overlaid on a lower resolution global view for context. The regional views were obtained during several different flybys of the moon by NASA's Galileo mission.

Repeated Flybys Yield a Pole-to-Pole View of Europa

This view of Jupiter's moon Europa features several regional-resolution mosaics overlaid on a lower resolution global view for context. The regional views were obtained during several different flybys of the moon by NASA's Galileo mission.

Target: Europa
Mission: Galileo
Spacecraft: Galileo Orbiter
Instrument: Solid-State Imaging
ID#: PIA16827
Added: 2013-03-05

Views: 5618

Repeated Flybys Yield a Pole-to-Pole View of Europa

This view of Jupiter's moon Europa features several regional-resolution mosaics overlaid on a lower resolution global view for context. The regional views were obtained during several different flybys of the moon by NASA's Galileo mission.

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Based on new evidence from Jupiter's moon Europa, astronomers hypothesize that chloride salts bubble up from its global liquid ocean and reach the frozen surface where they are bombarded with sulfur from volcanoes on Jupiter's innermost large moon, Io.
Based on new evidence from Jupiter's moon Europa, astronomers hypothesize that chloride salts bubble up from its global liquid ocean and reach the frozen surface where they are bombarded with sulfur from volcanoes on Jupiter's innermost large moon, Io.

Taste of the Ocean on Europa's Surface (Artist's Concept)

Based on new evidence from Jupiter's moon Europa, astronomers hypothesize that chloride salts bubble up from its global liquid ocean and reach the frozen surface where they are bombarded with sulfur from volcanoes on Jupiter's innermost large moon, Io.

Target: Europa
ID#: PIA16826
Added: 2013-03-05

Views: 3692

Taste of the Ocean on Europa's Surface (Artist's Concept)

Based on new evidence from Jupiter's moon Europa, astronomers hypothesize that chloride salts bubble up from its global liquid ocean and reach the frozen surface where they are bombarded with sulfur from volcanoes on Jupiter's innermost large moon, Io.

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Jupiter has been suffering more impacts over the last four years than ever previously observed, including this meteoroid impact on Sept. 10, 2012. Right-hand image is an infrared image NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
Jupiter has been suffering more impacts over the last four years than ever previously observed, including this meteoroid impact on Sept. 10, 2012. Right-hand image is an infrared image NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Jupiter Shakes it Off

Jupiter has been suffering more impacts over the last four years than ever previously observed, including this meteoroid impact on Sept. 10, 2012. Right-hand image is an infrared image NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Target: Jupiter
Mission: Infrared Telescope Facility
Instrument: Infrared Telescope
ID#: PIA16169
Added: 2012-10-17

Views: 2469

Jupiter Shakes it Off

Jupiter has been suffering more impacts over the last four years than ever previously observed, including this meteoroid impact on Sept. 10, 2012. Right-hand image is an infrared image NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

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In these images obtained by amateur astronomers, Jupiter can be seen 'losing' a brown-colored belt south of the equator called the South Equatorial Belt (SEB) from 2009 to 2010.
In these images obtained by amateur astronomers, Jupiter can be seen 'losing' a brown-colored belt south of the equator called the South Equatorial Belt (SEB) from 2009 to 2010.

Global Upheaval at Jupiter

In these images obtained by amateur astronomers, Jupiter can be seen 'losing' a brown-colored belt south of the equator called the South Equatorial Belt (SEB) from 2009 to 2010.

Target: Jupiter
Mission: Infrared Telescope Facility
Instrument: Infrared Telescope
ID#: PIA16168
Added: 2012-10-17

Views: 1879

Global Upheaval at Jupiter

In these images obtained by amateur astronomers, Jupiter can be seen 'losing' a brown-colored belt south of the equator called the South Equatorial Belt (SEB) from 2009 to 2010.

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Following the path of one of Jupiter's jet streams, a line of v-shaped chevrons travels west to east just above Jupiter's Great Red Spot as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Following the path of one of Jupiter's jet streams, a line of v-shaped chevrons travels west to east just above Jupiter's Great Red Spot as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Jupiter Jet Stream

Following the path of one of Jupiter's jet streams, a line of v-shaped chevrons travels west to east just above Jupiter's Great Red Spot as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Jupiter
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA15232
Added: 2012-03-13

Views: 4012

Jupiter Jet Stream

Following the path of one of Jupiter's jet streams, a line of v-shaped chevrons travels west to east just above Jupiter's Great Red Spot as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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