Saturday, October 8, 2011

Beautiful Uranus

"The Voyager 2 spacecraft captured this image of a crescent Uranus on January 25, 1986. This is Voyager’s final image of Uranus, before it left the planet behind and set forth on the cruise to Neptune. Voyager was 1 million kilometers (about 600,000 miles) from Uranus when it acquired this wide-angle view. Note that Uranus retains its pale blue-green color seen by ground-based astronomers and recorded by Voyager during its historic encounter. Image Credit: NASA"

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The Hubble Space Telescope took this picture of Uranus in 2006. The planet's south pole is on the left in this picture. At the time this image was obtained, there was a bright hood of methane clouds over the Uranian south pole. Image Credt: NASA, ESA, L. Sromovsky and P. Fry (University of Wisconsin), H. Hammel (Space Science Institute), and K. Rages (SETI Institute). 

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