Uranus and Dark Spot - August 23, 2006

This image shows Uranus with a dark spot clearly visible on the eastern side. This dark spot is a vortex measuring 1,100 miles by 1,900 miles — large enough to engulf two-thirds of the United States — and was caused by churning winds in the planet's atmosphere.

For a closer view of the spot see here.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, L. Sromovsky and P. Fry (University of Wisconsin), H. Hammel (Space Science Institute), and K. Rages (SETI Institute)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0647b
Type:Observation
Release date:28 September 2006, 19:00
Size:500 x 500 px

About the Object

Name:Uranus
Type:• Solar System : Planet
• Solar System : Planet : Feature : Atmosphere : Cloud
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550 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
R
775 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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