Crescents of Neptune and Triton
March 17, 2003
This dramatic view of the crescents of Neptune and Triton was acquired by Voyager 2 approximately 3 days, 6 and one-half hours after its closest approach to Neptune (north is to the right). The spacecraft is now plunging southward at an angle of 48 degrees to the plane of the ecliptic. This direction, combined with the current season of southern summer in the Neptune system, gives this picture its unique geometry.
Topics: Moons of Neptune, Voyager program, United States, Neptune and Triton, Exploration of Neptune, Ecliptic, Neptune, Triton, Voyager 2