Hubble Space Telescope Imaging of Neptune's Cloud Structure in 1994

Science  23 Jun 1995:
Vol. 268, Issue 5218, pp. 1740-1742
DOI: 10.1126/science.268.5218.1740


Images of Neptune taken at six wavelengths with the Hubble Space Telescope in October and November 1994 revealed several atmospheric features not present at the time of the Voyager spacecraft encounter in 1989. Furthermore, the largest feature seen in 1989, the Great Dark Spot, was gone. A dark spot of comparable size had appeared in the northern hemisphere, accompanied by discrete bright features at methane-band wavelengths. At visible wavelengths, Neptune's banded structure appeared similar to that seen in 1989.