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Neptune's "Hot" South Pole
Mission: European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO)
Spacecraft: Very Large Telescope (VLT)
Instrument: Mid-infrared Camera/Spectrometer (VISIR)
Size: 720 x 540
These thermal images show a 'hot' south pole on the planet Neptune. These warmer temperatures provide an avenue for methane to escape out of the deep atmosphere. The images were obtained with the Very Large Telescope in Chile Sept. 1 and 2, 2006.
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