Planet Pictures

Take a photographic tour of the solar system. From their backyards, amateur astronomers have captured planet pictures that feature red Martian deserts, Jupiter’s stormy cyclones, and Saturn’s spectacular rings. (You can too — take our online astrophotography classes to learn processing techniques to make your planetary photography shine.)

Each of the planets presents a photographic opportunity and a peek at another world: Saturn’s mysterious rings shine even for small scopes, though better equipment reveals ever more detail. Jupiter’s zebra-stripe belts and zones show in high contrast when the king of planets reigns the night sky. Our Jupiter’s Moons tool will help you time a transit of the Galilean moons or the Great Red Spot for extra flare. And when Mars is high in the sky, it reveals its dark mare, paler plains, and swirling white clouds.

Browse below to begin the tour: the solar system awaits!