Infrared Uranus

infrared_uranusThe Solar System’s third largest planet usually looks quite plain. Uranus typically appears as a featureless small spot in a small telescope or a featureless large orb in a large telescope. Back in the late ’90s, the Hubble Space Telescope photographed Uranus in infrared light. In this image the distant planet’s unusual clouds, rings, and moons are visible. Analysis indicates that clouds seen here in orange appear to circle Uranus at speeds in excess of 500 km/h.

Image Credit: NASA

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