Hubble Watches Neptune's Dark Storm Die

  • Released Thursday, February 15, 2018

For the first time, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured time-lapse images of a large, dark storm on Neptune shrinking out of existence. A recent Hubble program called Outer Planets Atmosphere Legacy, or OPAL, provides yearly global maps of our gas giant planets, allowing planetary scientists to view changes in formations such as Neptune's dark storms.

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Neptune imagery - JPL Photojournal
Voyager b-roll - NASA Image and Video Library
OPAL information and data - OPAL website
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Time-lapse sequence

Hubble's observations of Neptune's shrinking dark storm. Left inset is a monochromatic image of just the blue filter, and right inset is a color image combining the blue, green, and red filters.


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This page was originally published on Thursday, February 15, 2018.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:46 PM EDT.


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