Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick
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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
Tags: astronomy
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