PIA01992: Neptune - Dark Feature

Neptune - Dark Feature


This clear filter image was acquired by Voyager 2 on August 14, 1989, at a range of 14.8 million kilometers (9.2 million miles). The image shows a dark feature extending westward (left) and northward (up) toward the equator from the Great Dark Spot (GDS). This puzzling phenomenon developed over a relatively short period (three rotations or about 54 hours), and continues to evolve with time. Further study may reveal whether this protrusion represents an actual flow of dark cloud material from the GDS or is a result of atmospheric disturbances associated with the western boundary of the GDS. Bright, wispy "cirrus type" clouds are seen overlying the GDS at its southern (lower) margin and over its northwest (upper left) boundary. This is the first evidence that the GDS lies lower in the atmosphere than the bright clouds, which have remained in its vicinity for several months. Increasing detail in global banding and in the south polar region is also apparent.

Background Info:

The Voyager Mission is conducted by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA's Office of Space Science and Applications.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Neptune
System Neptune
Target Type Planet
Mission Voyager
Instrument Host Voyager 2
Host Type Flyby Spacecraft
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Extra Keywords Atmosphere, Grayscale, Storm
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1999-07-25
Date in Caption 1989-08-14
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01992
Identifier PIA01992