Jan 26, 2008

Beautiful Crescent Mercury

Take a look at the image. It is a beautiful and rare image of crescent Mercury, taken by the Messenger spacecraft early last week. The colors in this remarkable picture were created using data recorded through infrared, red, and violet filters. The combination enhances color differences otherwise not visible to the eye across the innermost planet's cratered surface. In this image, light bluish material seems to surround relatively new craters, contrasting with the mostly drab, brown terrain. credit: NASA

Also read our previous posts on Crescent Saturn and Crescent Nebula.


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