This selection of Solar System images is simply stunning

We at Mega Curioso can't speak for you, but we here in the newsroom, as you may have already noticed, love to see and share images that show glimpses of the cosmos and celestial bodies that make up Earth's neighborhood.

For recently we came across the beautiful work of Michael Benson - a guy who, according to the folks at Popular Science, put together some of the most breathtaking photos ever released of stars orbiting the Solar System and released a stunning book called “Otherworlds - Visions of our Solar System ”or“ Other Worlds - Visions of our Solar System ”in free translation. Here are some of the wonders Benson has selected to integrate his following work:

1 - Traffic

Sun and Mercury

(ABC News / NASA)

If you look closely, you will notice that there is a black dot in front of the Sun. This is the planet Mercury caught in one of its transits before our star in June 2012.

2 - Giant and its moon

Jupiter and Europe

(Natural History Museum / NASA)

The image above was clicked in March 1979, where you can see Jupiter and one of its moons, Europe, passing over its Great Red Spot - the biggest storm in the Solar System.

3 - Little Rings


(Wired / NASA)

Don't think Saturn is the only planet in our neighborhood that has a ring system! Uranus also has one, as you saw in the image above, though less spectacular than the Saturnian.

4 - Crescent and its moon

Neptune and Triton

(Smithsonian Air and Space Museum / NASA)

The spectacular image above, recorded in August 1989, shows Neptune and its Triton satellite.

5 - Violet Mist


(Paris Match / NASA)

Believe it or not, but the star surrounded by this beautiful violet haze is Pluto - and the image was captured in July 2014.

6 - Lord of the Rings


(National Geographic / NASA)

He couldn't miss the list, right? Saturn, the Lord of the Rings of the Solar System, appears above in an image created from a mosaic of photos captured by the Cassini space probe in October 2013.

7 - Peanuts?

Asteroid Eros

(Pikabu / NASA 1)

Let's say the star above doesn't have a peanut shape! This is the asteroid Eros - clicked during its near-Earth passage in February 2000.

8 - They

Earth and moon

(Pikabu / NASA 2)

And finally, we have an image that shows our beautiful Earth and its faithful companion, the Moon, clicked by a geostationary satellite in May 2015.