CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Neptune Full Disk View

This picture of Neptune was produced from the last whole planet images taken through the green and orange filters on the Voyager 2 narrow angle camera. The images were taken at a range of 4.4 million miles from the planet, 4 days and 20 hours before closest approach.

The picture shows the Great Dark Spot and its companion bright smudge; on the west limb the fast moving bright feature called Scooter and the little dark spot are visible. These clouds were seen to persist for as long as Voyager's cameras could resolve them. North of these, a bright cloud band similar to the south polar streak may be seen.

The Voyager Project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Acquired: August 1989
  Neptune Full Disk View
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Alliance Member Comments
jsc248 (Dec 6, 2007 at 2:14 PM):
One of my favourite Voyager images of possibly my favourrite object in the night sky. A truly breathtaking image!