Neptune, False-Color Image

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This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Record ID

SPI_167

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Division

Center for Earth and Planetary Studies

Creator

Unidentified photographer

Medium

Medium unknown

Date

Date unknown

Description

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.

Image ID

P34666

Type

Photographs

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