Neptune, False-Color Image

Neptune, False-Color Image

     

In this false-color image of Neptune, objects located deep in the atmosphere are blue, while those at higher altitudes are white. The image was taken by <I>Voyager 2?</I>s wide-angle camera through an orange filter as well as two methane filters, which cause the deeper atmosphere to absorb most of the light. The image?s bright white feature is a high-altitude cloud just south of the Great Dark Spot, and the smaller clouds associated with the Dark Spot are white or pink. Neptune?s limb looks reddish because <I>Voyager 2</I> is viewing it tangentially and the sunlight has been scattered back to space before it can be absorbed by the methane.

Creator
Unidentified photographer

Data Source
National Air and Space Museum
Division
Center for Earth and Planetary Studies

Record ID
SPI_167

Date
Date unknown

Image ID
P34666

Type
Photographs

Medium
Medium unknown

In this false-color image of Neptune, objects located deep in the atmosphere are blue, while those at higher altitudes are white. The image was taken by <I>Voyager 2?</I>s wide-angle camera through an orange filter as well as two methane filters, which cause the deeper atmosphere to absorb most of the light. The image?s bright white feature is a high-altitude cloud just south of the Great Dark Spot, and the smaller clouds associated with the Dark Spot are white or pink. Neptune?s limb looks reddish because <I>Voyager 2</I> is viewing it tangentially and the sunlight has been scattered back to space before it can be absorbed by the methane.

Creator
Unidentified photographer

Data Source
National Air and Space Museum
Division
Center for Earth and Planetary Studies

Record ID
SPI_167

Date
Date unknown

Image ID
P34666

Type
Photographs

Medium
Medium unknown

ID: P34666