Space Image of the Day Gallery (August 2017)

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NASA, ESA and Orsola De Marco (Macquarie University)

For older Image of the Day pictures, please visit the Image of the Day archives. Pictured: NGC 2467.

A Windy Sculptor

NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey and data from Ortiz, A. C., Roy, S., & Edmonds, D. A. (2017)

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017: Researchers analyzed around 10,000 satellite images taken between 1982 and 2016 to see how the land had changed near the Mississippi Delta, finding that winds had driven the growth of inland ponds. This false-color image was taken by the Landsat 8 satellite, which is a collaboration between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. — Sarah Lewin

Super Typhoon Swirls

Randy Bresnik/Twitter

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017: NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, newly arrived at the International Space Station, caught this epic view of Super Typhoon Noru swirling across Earth Aug. 1. — Sarah Lewin

See three space fliers' views of the storm here.

Plasma from the Sun

NASA/GSFC/Solar Dynamics Observatory

Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017: NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught this view of a sheet of plasma blasting out from just behind the edge of the sun July 28. Over the course of 3.5 hours, some of the material flew off into space but some fell back onto the sun. — Sarah Lewin

Another Jupiter Storm

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran

Friday, Aug. 4, 2017: NASA's Juno spacecraft caught a a dynamic storm swirling at the southern edge of Jupiter's Northern polar region. It has been tracked since at least 1993, and it is known as the (not particularly catchy) North North Temperate Little Red Spot 1. It generally stretches 3,700 miles (6,000 km) across. The image was processed by citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran from JunoCam data; the bottom of the image is toward Jupiter's top, and the top is its equatorial regions. — Sarah Lewin

Chilean Milky Way

ESO/B. Tafreshi (

Monday, August 7, 2017: The Milky Way glistens over the European Southern Observatory's guest house "Residencia" at Cerro Paranal, an astronomical observatory in the Atacama desert of northern Chile. Cerro Paranal is home to the Very Large Telescope, which is surrounded by four smaller Auxiliary Telescopes, one of which is shown here. — Hanneke Weitering

Full 'Sturgeon' Moon

NASA/Jack Fischer/Twitter

Tuesday, August 8, 2017: NASA astronaut Jack Fischer captured this view of the full moon from his post at the International Space Station on Aug. 7, 2017. "Now that’s what I call a full moon! Although it does resemble the Death Star," Fischer tweeted along with the photo. August's full moon is also known as the Sturgeon Moon. — Hanneke Weitering

Goodnight, Earth!

NASA/Randy Bresnik/Twitter

Wednesday, August 9, 2017: The International Space Station passes over the nighttime side of Earth in this photo taken by NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik. A little evening sunlight is seen reflecting off of the space station's robotic arm, Canadarm2. "From your 6 inhabitants that orbit you daily, Goodnight Earth," Bresnik tweeted Tuesday night. — Hanneke Weitering

Prometheus & the F ring

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Thursday, August 10, 2017: NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's little moon Prometheus, which orbits near the inner edge of the planet's faint F ring. Prometheus may be small, but it has enough gravity to clear a gap between Saturn's rings with its orbit. It's also responsible for many of the wispy features seen around the F ring. — Hanneke Weitering

Starburst Sun

NASA/Jack Fischer/Twitter

Friday, August 11, 2017: NASA astronaut Jack Fischer snapped this photo of Earth and the sun through a window at the International Space Station. "That’s a cool starburst [and] a pretty planet we have," Fischer tweeted on Wednesday (Aug. 9). — Hanneke Weitering

A Coronal Hole

NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory

Monday, August 14, 2017:NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a huge, gaping coronal hole on the surface of the sun that rotated into view late last week. Coronal holes are openings in the sun's magnetic field where a sea of charged particles known as the solar wind flows into outer space. — Hanneke Weitering

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