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Neptune is a windy, cool and confusing planet. Let's go!

It was just after midnight at the mission control center of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Carl Sagan was left out. The Voyager 2 spacecraft had just completed its ten-year mission by coming closest to Neptune before setting off into interstellar space. It was the first – and so far only – spaceship to visit the mysterious blue giant ice …

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NASA wants to explore mysterious atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune

About 30 years after a NASA spacecraft visited the farthest planets of our solar system, Uranus and Neptune, the space agency wants to go back. Taking advantage of the technological advances of the last 30 years, a NASA scientist and his scientist used the Goddard Space Flight Center team in Greenbelt, Md., To dream of new instruments that could explore …

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Creation of a dark vortex on Neptune that was captured for the first time

The new dark vortex on Neptune (top) along with the associated light methane clouds. This composite image was taken in September and November 2018 by the Hubble Space Telescope. Image: NASA / ESA / GSFC / JPL Late last year, astronomers discovered the sixth known dark vortex on Neptune. This time, however, scientists were able to record the formation of …

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Hubble records the birth of a giant storm on Neptune

This composite image shows images of storms on Neptune from the Hubble Space Telescope (left) and the Voyager 2 spacecraft (right). The Hubble Wide Field Camera 3 image taken by Neptune in September and November 2018 shows a new dark storm (top center). The Voyager picture shows a storm known as the Great Dark Spot (GDS) in the middle. It …

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Hubble images depict a Neptune moon that may have been repeatedly reborn

Enlarge / Artistic concept of the little moon Hippocamp. When the Voyager probes moved through the outer solar system, they put together a huge discovery. Among the newly discovered objects and phenomena was a large collection of small moons orbiting Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Most of them were beyond the ability of Earth-based hardware to map at this time …

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