Pictures of Moons

by Fraser Cain on February 23, 2010

Here are some pictures of moons, from across the Solar System. You can make any of these images into your computer desktop wallpaper. Just click on an image to enlarge it. Then right-click and choose “Set as Desktop Background”.

Pictures of Moons

Phobos in Detail

Here’s an image of Mars’ moon Phobos, taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The orbit of Phobos is slowly spiraling inward, and astronomers think it will collide with Mars in the next few million years.

Io

Io

Here’s a global view of Jupiter’s moon Io captured by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft. Because of the powerful tidal gravitational forces from Jupiter, Io is extremely volcanic, and can blast lava hundreds of kilometers into space.

Mimas Blues

Mimas Blues

Here’s an image of Saturn’s moon Mimas with Saturn as a backdrop. This photo was taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, currently orbiting around Saturn. Mimas has a huge crater from an asteroid impact that almost destroyed it millions of years ago; this makes it look like the Death Star.

Montage of Neptune and Triton

Montage of Neptune and Triton

Here’s a montage of Neptune and Triton captured by NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft, which flew past the planet in 1989. Voyager 2 was the first and still only spacecraft to ever reach Uranus and Neptune, and have given us the only close up pictures taken of the planets.

Moon Aglow

Moon Aglow

This is a familiar moon… it’s the Moon, seen from the International Space Station. You can see how the Earth’s tenuous atmosphere transitions from the planet into the blackness of space.

We’ve written many articles about moons for Universe Today. Here’s an article about how many moons Earth has, and here’s an article about how many moons there are in the Solar System.

If you’d like more info on the Solar System, check out NASA’s Solar System exploration page, and here’s a link to NASA’s Solar System Simulator.

We’ve also recorded a series of episodes of Astronomy Cast about every planet in the Solar System. Start here, Episode 49: Mercury.

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Fraser Cain is the publisher of Universe Today. He's also the co-host of Astronomy Cast with Dr. Pamela Gay.

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