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Hubble Watches Neptune's Dark Storm Die

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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Katrina Jackson (USRA)

Katrina Jackson (USRA)

Katrina Jackson (USRA)

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DLESE >> Atmospheric science
SVS >> Storm
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Pressure >> Anticyclones/Cyclones
SVS >> Hubble Space Telescope
SVS >> Planetary Science
SVS >> Neptune
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
NASA Science >> Universe

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