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HST Observes Triton and Neptune

Target Name:  Neptune, Triton
Spacecraft:  Hubble Space Telescope
Produced by:  Ted Stryk
Date Released: 30 January 2001

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This mosaic combines an almost true-color picture of Neptune taken by the Hubble Space Telescope's (HST) Wide Field Planetary Camera (WFPC), with a picture of Triton taken with the HST's Faint Object Camera. Although faint, the image of Triton vaguely shows a brighter equatorial region. The south pole is to the lower left.

The picture of Neptune shows a bright cloud feature at the south pole, near the bottom of the image. Bright cloud bands can be seen at 30S and 60S latitude. The northern hemisphere also includes a bright cloud band centered near 30 N latitude.

The image Triton From The Hubble Space Telescope shows Triton in more detail.

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