Dawn in the Oort CloudS

If you're wondering about the sunny view from the Oort Cloud, that vast sphere of debris that surrounds our solar system, here it is. As we told you yesterday, scientists now believe this remote, cold region might house another Earth-like planet. Only it would be frozen. Want to travel a little closer to the sun, and watch Jupiter rising over its frozen moon Europa?

I love this picture because I'm just finishing up John Varley's new novel Rolling Thunder (due out in March), which is partly set on Europa. The main character has a view of Jupiter from her window in the habitat where she lives on Europa.

Dawn in the Oort CloudS

Image via NASA.

And finally, here's a nice image for getting some perspective on where the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud are relative to the rest of the solar system.

Dawn in the Oort CloudS

Image via NASA.

Top image via Calvin J. Hamilton.