Observe the graceful twirl of the Solar System’s largest planet! As large as Jupiter is, it rotates in only 10 hours (compared to our 24). The high resolution time-lapse was captured over the past year by the one meter telescope at the Pic du Midi Observatory in the French Pyrenees.
It is hard to believe that this is real. NGC 3521 is a gorgeous spiral galaxy a mere 35 million light-years away. This image was produced with a RCOS half meter telescope, with exposure lengths of 570 minutes Luminance, 240 minutes Red, 240 minutes Green and 240 minutes Blue.
This is the surface of Mercury. It has been pretty recent that we have been able to study this rocky little planet at all, due to it’s proximity to the sun. This image is from the space probe Messenger, which will be sending more images back in the next couple of days.