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Space Periodic Table Poster – 2017 Periodic Tables with 118 Elements

The space periodic table poster is our latest favorite type of table to make. Basically, we take one of our best tables and place it on a space background. Some of the images are public domain photographs taken by the Hubble telescope. Others are generated using Photoshop. Most of these are huge tables intended for posters that are too big to offer as printable tables.

Here’s a collection of periodic table posters that feature all 118 elements (for 2017) and space theme backgrounds.

Orion Nebula Periodic Table

This is a 2017 periodic table with all 118 elements. The element tiles are semi-transparent, set against a Hubble photograph of a portion of the Orion nebula. This table is only available on Redbubble because its filesize is huge. It’s on big periodic table posters, prints, and other products.

Orion Nebula Periodic Table

Orion Nebula Periodic Table

Veil Nebula Periodic Table

This table features the Veil nebula, which is also known as the Witch’s Broom nebula. The periodic table is a solid color, set against a space background. Like the Orion nebula table, we’re only offering this one on Redbubble.

Veil Nebula Periodic Table

Veil Nebula Periodic Table

Star and Nebula Periodic Table

This colorful table is set against a huge Hubble composite photograph of the Carina nebula. It’s available on Redbubble, plus you can also print it yourself. The printable is poster-sized.

Hubble Nebula Periodic Table

Hubble Nebula Periodic Table

Galaxy Periodic Table

This is a black periodic table against a photo of a spiral galaxy. The full image is featured on a periodic table poster, with a zoomed-in view on coffee mugs, clocks, and such. The galaxy background is an actual photograph.

Spiral Galaxy Periodic Table

Spiral Galaxy Periodic Table

Starfield Space Periodic Table

The element tiles are round, with a simple starfield or space background behind the periodic table. This space background was made, not photographed.

Starfield Periodic Table

Starfield Periodic Table

Original Space Periodic Table Poster

The first periodic table we offered with a space theme is this one. It doesn’t offer all 118 elements, but it is available as a printable you can download here on Science Notes or you can get it on assorted products at our Redbubble store.

Space Periodic Table

Space Periodic Table

If you have a request for a type of table you’d like to see, please let us know. We’ll add new space periodic table posters to this page as they are created.

118 Element Periodic Table Poster with Hubble Stars and Nebula

This printable periodic table is poster-sized (60 inches across). It features all 118 element names (yes, you’ll find nihonium, moscovium, tennessine, and oganesson on it), with the element symbols, atomic numbers, and atomic weights. It is, in fact, our popular 2016-2017 colorful periodic table, except the background is the incredible public domain Hubble image of the Carina nebula. Elements are made in stars in nebula, after all!

Here’s a smaller version of the table so you can see what it looks like:

118 Element Periodic Table Poster with Hubble Stars and Nebula (Todd and Anne Helmenstine and Hubble)

118 Element Periodic Table Poster with Hubble Stars and Nebula (Todd and Anne Helmenstine and Hubble)

Download and Print the Periodic Table Poster

Here’s the .jpg image file for the poster you can download to print or use as your device background. Right-click that image and save it. If you print using a regular printer, choose landscape mode and tell it to fit the page. You can also have a regular printer make a poster by setting it to print multiple panels and then taping them or artfully arranging them to make the table. Another option is to take the image file to a professional printer. Just send them to this page so they can see “Yes, we give permission for you to print this table.”

You might also be interested in some of the other wall murals available on Hubblesite (which also contains their public domain notification, in case you get a persnickety printing company that wants to see proof Nasa/Hubble have released the image to the public).

Periodic Table Poster Terms of Use

Laptop skin with the periodic table poster featuring the Carina Nebula.

Laptop skin with the periodic table poster featuring the Carina Nebula.

While you’re free to print the table and hand it out, it is copyrighted, and not available for use on other websites or for sale.

However, we’ve teamed up with Redbubble to offer a wide variety of products that feature this table, such as t-shirts, coffee mugs, laptop skins, phone cases, and posters.

Jupiter’s Red Spot Growing Smaller Faster

One of the most distinctive features of the planet Jupiter is the Great Red Spot. The Red Spot is a massive anti-cyclonic storm located in the southern hemisphere of the gas giant. It is easily seen with good binoculars or a telescope. Sadly, the Great Red Spot is becoming less ‘Great’.

Observations from the 1800s record the spot as large as 25,500 miles (41,000 km) across and oval shaped. Voyager 1 and 2 recorded the size of the storm at 14,500 miles (23,000 km) across in 1979. The Hubble Space Telescope photographed the spot at 13,020 miles (21,000 km) across in 1995 and 11,130 miles ( 18,000 km) in 2009. Since 2012, the rate of decrease has noticeably accelerated to 580 miles per year (800 km/yr) and the overall shape is becoming more circular.

Jupiter's Red Spot Shrinkage

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has been shrinking for quite some time. This shows the shrinkage for the past 20 years. Credit: NASA/ESA

Recent Hubble photographs have the storm only 10,250 miles (16,500 km) across. They also show smaller eddy currents around the storm which may be cancelling out the Red Spot’s momentum.

Will the Great Red Spot disappear in our lifetimes? If the rate of shrinkage holds linear, the Spot will be gone in 17 years. Take a look before it is gone.