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The clouds of Neptune change often forming and dissipation over periods of several to tens of hours.

JPL1989-08-21

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The bright cirrus-like clouds of Neptune change rapidly, often forming and dissipation over periods of several to tens of hours. In this sequence spanning two rotations of Neptune (about 36 hours) Voyager 2 observed cloud evolution in the region around the Great Dark Spot (GDS) at an effective resolution of about 100 km (62 miles) per pixel. The surprisingly rapid changes which occur over the 18 hours separating each panel shows that in this region Neptune's weather is perhaps as dynamic and variable as that of the Earth. However, the scale is immense by our standards--the Earth and the GDS are of similar size -- and in Neptune's frigid atmosphere, where temperatures are as low as 55 degree Kelvin (-360F), the cirrus clouds are composed of frozen methane rather than Earth's crystalse of water ice.

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  • Title: The clouds of Neptune change often forming and dissipation over periods of several to tens of hours.
  • Creator: JPL
  • Date Created: 1989-08-21
  • Owner: ARC
  • Album: edrobin1
  • About Title: To help you find images you’re searching for, previously untitled images have been labelled automatically based on their description

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