A paired picture of Uranus, the sharpest, most detailed picture of the distant planet to date, reveals a raft of new details about the planet's enigmatic atmosphere. The north pole of Uranus (to the right in the picture) is characterized by a swarm of storm-like convective features, and an unusual scalloped pattern of clouds encircles the planet's equator. The infrared image was taken using the Keck II telescope in Hawaii.
Source: Lawrence Sromovsky, Pat Fry, Heidi Hammel, Imke de Pater/University of Wisconsin-Madison
Published: December 14, 2012