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Image of the Day: Neptune’s Strange Moon Triton

 

 

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Composite view showing Neptune on Triton‘s horizon. Neptune’s south pole is to the left; clearly visible in the planets’ southern hemisphere is a Great Dark Spot, a large anticyclonic storm system located about 20 degrees South. The foreground is a computer generated view of Triton’s maria as they would appear from a point approximately 45 km above the surface. The terraces visible in this image indicate multiple episodes of ‘cryovolcanic‘ flooding. This three-dimensional view was created from a Voyager image by using a two-dimensional photoclinometric model. Relief has been exaggerated roughly 30-fold, the actual range of the relief is about 1 km.

Would Neptune appear to be rising or setting? Neither, due to the motion of Triton relative to Neptune, it would appear to move laterally along the horizon, eventually rising and setting at high latitudes.

 

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The image above is from the Voyager 2 spacecraft fly by of Triton in the summer of 1989. Dr. Paul Schenk, a scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, used Voyager data to construct the best-ever global color map of Triton. This map has a resolution of 1,970 feet (600 meters) per pixel. The colors have been enhanced to bring out contrast but are a close approximation to Triton’s natural colors. Voyager’s “eyes” saw in colors slightly different from human eyes, and this map was produced using orange, green and blue filter images.

The Daily Galaxy via JPL/NASA

 

By: The Daily Galaxy –Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech
Via: Feedbin Starred Entries
Source: http://j.mp/1tyw639