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About this Object

Object Name:

Neptune

Object Description:

Planet

Dimensions:

Neptune has a diameter of roughly 30,800 miles (49,600 kilometers) at the equator.

Distance:

The semi-major axis of Neptune's orbit about the Sun is 30.06 astronomical units (roughly 2.8 billion miles or 4.5 billion kilometers).

About the Data

Data Description:

This image was created from HST data from proposal 12675: K. Noll, Z. Levay, M. Livio, C. Christian, H. Bond, L. Frattare, M. Mutchler, T. Borders, and W. Januszewski (Hubble Heritage Team/STScI).

Special thanks to Amy Simon-Miller (GSFC) for help analyzing and processing the Hubble data.

Instrument:

WFC3/UVIS

Filters:

F467N (46nm), F631N (63nm), and F845M (84nm)

Exposure Date:

June 25-26, 2011

Exposure Time:

36 minutes

About this Image

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

July 12, 2011

Color:

This image is a composite of many separate exposures made by the WFC3/UVIS instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope using three different filters. The color results from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic image. In this case, the assigned colors are:

F467N (46nm)

blue

F631N (63nm)

green

F845M (84nm)

red-orange

Orientation/Scale: