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Uranus and Rings - Voyager

Voyager 2 natural color composite image of Uranus and its ring system, taken late on January 23, 1986. This view combines a single-frame color image of Uranus and a 6 frame mosaic of its ring system taken a few hours later. The rings here are significantly fainter relative to Uranus than pictured here; the charcoal black rings would be near the limits of naked eye visibility to a human observer.


The color image of Uranus shows significantly more cloud detail than previous processings of Voyager 2 data. This is because the Uranian clouds are dominated by a high-altitude hydrocarbon haze that hides cloud belts (similar to those found at Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune) at most visible wavelengths. The underlying clouds are most visible at red and near-infrared wavelengths, which Voyager's camera was blind to. These features were faintly captured in images taken through Voyager's orange filter, and have been enhanced to make these details visible.


Image Credit: NASA / JPL / Voyager-ISS / Justin Cowart

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Uploaded on February 10, 2019