PIA01536: Detail of Triton's Surface


Detail of Triton’s Surface

Caption:

This color photo of Neptune's large satellite Triton was obtained on Aug. 24 1989 at a range of 530,000 kilometers (330,000 miles). The resolution is about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), sufficient to begin to show topographic detail. The image was made from pictures taken through the green, violet and ultraviolet filters. In this technique, regions that are highly reflective in the ultraviolet appear blue in color. In reality, there is no part of Triton that would appear blue to the eye. The bright southern hemisphere of Triton, which fills most of this frame, is generally pink in tone as is the even brighter equatorial band. The darker regions north of the equator also tend to be pink or reddish in color.

Background Info:

JPL manages the Voyager project for NASA's Office of Space Science.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Triton Neptune
System Neptune
Target Type Satellite Planet
Mission Voyager
Instrument Host Voyager 2
Host Type Flyby Spacecraft
Instrument
Detector
Extra Keywords Color, Ultraviolet
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1999-05-08
Date in Caption
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01536
Identifier PIA01536