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Click to enlargeHubble Neptune Photo

October 2, 1998
Photo No: H98-34a
A Look at Neptune's Stormy Disposition

This view of Neptune, as seen through the Hubble Space Telescope, is helping planetary scientists gain some insight into the weird and wild weather that is a hallmark of the eighth planet from the sun. On Neptune, winds blow at 900 miles per hour and huge storms -- some the size of Earth itself -- come and go with regularity. How, precisely, Neptune's weather is driven is a mystery since the sun, which drives the Earth's weather, is 900 times dimmer there than on Earth.

Credit: Lawrence A. Sromovsky (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and NASA

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