New photos of Uranus and Neptune. Reedus

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A group of astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope obtained new images of the ice giants Uranus and Neptune.

They are one of the least studied planets in the solar system. Until recently, only the Voyager-2 interplanetary station was able to study Uranus and Neptune closely, all other observations of the planets came from the Earth or from orbit.


Of particular interest to us is the study of Urano and Neptune, in particular the formation and evolution of large hurricanes and their interaction with the environment, seasonal changes in the atmosphere, – the scientists explained.

New photos taken during the OPAL program have helped astronomers to answer some questions.

While studying the new images, specialists saw a huge white light area called the "polar cap", which is likely to be a long-lasting storm and could be formed due to seasonal changes in atmospheric flows.

When in 1986 the Voyager-2 station flew over Uranus, this structure was less evident, and it was winter on the planet, while now it is half of the summer period.

The image of Neptune was obtained thanks to the Hubble telescope. The photograph shows an anticyclone appeared in the summer in the southern hemisphere of the planet. Before this, on Neptune in 1989 it was opened Large dark spotwhose diameter is only three times smaller Large red spots on Jupiter.

Uranus and Neptune

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