Join Donate

The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Uranus from Hubble WFC3 on December 25, 2011

Uranus from Hubble WFC3 on December 25, 2011

Processed image copyright Ted Stryk, raw data courtesy STScI / Heidi Hammel

Uranus from Hubble WFC3 on December 25, 2011
Astronomers exercised a "Hubble Target of Opportunity" to image Uranus when ground-based photos revealed that bright storms had blossomed in its midlatitudes.

The storms are more visible when viewed through longer-wavelength filters at 889 and 906 nanometers, where methane gas is strongly absorbing. Where there are clouds containing condensed methane droplets, they appear bright against the very dark planet.

Dark and bright spots on Uranus

STSCI / Heidi Hammel / Emily Lakdawalla

Dark and bright spots on Uranus
These images are composed of two views of Uranus taken through methane band filters at 889 and 906 nanometers. In the right-hand image, a yellow circle shows the location of a dark spot with a companion bright spot.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder

Original image data dated on or about December 25, 2011

Explore related images: Hubble Space Telescope, pretty pictures, atmospheres, amateur image processing, Uranus

You are here:
Comments & Sharing
More Images
astronaut on Phobos
Let's Change the World

Become a member of The Planetary Society and together we will create the future of space exploration.

Join Today

Bruce Murray and Carl Sagan
Pretty Pictures

Support the Bruce Murray Space Image Library and help us share the wonders of other worlds.

Donate