September 20th, 2007

Jupiter

Astro-image of the day: Neptune's hot South Pole

Scientists have noted that Neptune's south pole is warmer than the rest of the planet but only recently published these temperature maps that demonstrate it. The South Pole appears to allow methane to escape from deep in the atmosphere. Here's what the temperature maps look like:

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Here's what this planet looks like in natural color:


Best,
Chris
star-forming nebula

Astro-image of the day: Eagle Nebula

This is the image that made me really fall in love with the Hubble telescope:

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Gorgeous image of this emission nebula, a.k.a. IC 4703 - though it's usually associated with the open cluster, M16. The tops of those "pillars" are star-forming regions. Here's a close-up of one such area:


If you follow the links above by clicking the images, you can get tons more information and images for this amazing object.

Best,
Chris