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Neptune Completes Its First Circuit Around The Sun Since Its Discovery

16 Jul 2011, 01:59 UTC
Neptune Completes Its First Circuit Around The Sun Since Its Discovery
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fyi: –Ben ================= Neptune Completes Its First Circuit Around The Sun Since Its Discovery July 12, 2011: These four images of Neptune were taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope during the planet’s 16-hour rotation. The snapshots were taken at roughly four-hour intervals, offering a full view of the blue-green planet. Today marks Neptune’s first orbit [...]

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Neptune Completes Its First Circuit Around The Sun Since Its Discovery
July 12, 2011: These four images of Neptune were taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope during the planet’s 16-hour rotation. The snapshots were taken at roughly four-hour intervals, offering a full view of the blue-green planet. Today marks Neptune’s first orbit around the Sun since it was discovered nearly 165 years ago. These images were taken to commemorate the event.
The Hubble images, taken with the Wide Field Camera 3 on June 25-26, reveal high-altitude clouds in the northern and southern hemispheres. The clouds are composed of methane ice crystals. In the Hubble images, absorption of red light by methane in Neptune’s atmosphere gives the planet its distinctive aqua color. The clouds look pink because they are reflecting near-infrared light. A faint, dark band near the bottom of the southern ...

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