This polar projection from NASA's Voyager 2 of Triton's southern hemisphere provides a view of the southern polar cap and bright equatorial fringe. The margin of the cap is scalloped, bright fringe probably consists of very fresh nitrogen frost or snow.
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Triton's Southern Hemisphere

This polar projection of Triton's southern hemisphere provides a view of the southern polar cap and bright equatorial fringe. The margin of the cap is scalloped and ranges in latitude from +10 degrees to -30 degrees. The bright fringe is closely associated with the cap's margin; from it, diffuse bright rays extend north-northeast for hundreds of kilometers. The bright fringe probably consists of very fresh nitrogen frost or snow, and the rays consist of bright-fringe materials that were redistributed by north-moving Coriolis-deflected winds.

Image details

ID#:
PIA00423

Date added:
1998-06-08

Target:
Triton

Mission:
Voyager

Spacecraft:
Voyager 2

Instruments:
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle

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Full-Res TIFF:
PIA00423.tif (7.96 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA00423.jpg (0.41 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL/USGS