Routine yearly monitoring of the solar system by NASA has revealed something more beyond the usual about the icy, blue planets; Neptune and Uranus. According to the sources, NASA’s Hubble Telescope has captured new snaps of mysterious dark storms on Neptune. The images have also uncovered the current condition of the long-lived storm on the northern polar region of Uranus.
In Neptune, as per as the Hubble view, the dark storm was seen at the top center which was 6,800-mile wide. The dark clouds were accompanied by bright white patches of clouds which NASA has termed as ‘companion clouds’. If sources are to be believed, these mysterious vortices were captured twice in the past.
In 1989, Voyager 2 for the first time had noticed two dark storms in Neptune. A year later, with the launch of Hubble in space, it has spotted 3 other storms hovering over the planet. Scientists and researchers are carrying out various studies to figure out the exact cause of these storms. However, the reason behind the formation of such storms on the 4th largest planet of the solar system is still not clear.
The scientists also noted there were more clouds in 2016 over the planet. The clouds were observed just before the sturdy vortex had hit the region. NASA has suspected that the vortices originate from the inner crust of Neptune which is made up of helium and hydrogen. Thus, the storms become visible when they attained an optimal height.
Hubble has also revealed images of Uranus with bright and white bald spot on the northern pole. NASA has claimed that Uranus is currently having its summer, which typically exists for a good number of years. Due to its eccentric planetary tilt towards the sun, there is a formation of cloud cap. Moreover, there’s also a formation of bright spot at the edge of the storm which is termed as a “compact methane-ice cloud”.
It is expected that the information gathered will help the scientists to analyze the weather and climate of the neighboring planets in the coming days with maximum accuracy.