Hubble Takes a Grand Tour of the Solar System

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has completed its annual grand tour of the outer Solar System for 2021. This is the realm of the giant planets — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune — extending as far as 30 times the distance between Earth and the Sun. Unlike the rocky terrestrial planets like Earth and Mars that huddle close to the Sun’s warmth, these far-flung worlds are mostly composed of chilly gaseous soups of hydrogen, helium, ammonia, and methane around a packed, intensely hot, compact core.

Note: The planets are not shown to scale in this image.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center), and M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley) and the OPAL team

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Id:heic2113a
Type:Planetary
Release date:18 November 2021, 19:00
Related releases:heic2113
Size:4800 x 2700 px

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Name:Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus
Type:Solar System : Planet : Type : Gas Giant
Category:Solar System

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