New Images Reveal True Colors of Neptune and Uranus

New Images Reveal True Colors of Neptune and Uranus

New Image True Colors Neptune Uranus
New images processed by Professor Patrick Irwin from the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics and his colleagues reveal the true colors of Neptune and Uranus. Despite what you’ve seen captured by NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft, both planets are in fact a similar shade of greenish blue.


New Image True Colors Neptune Uranus
This new study utilized data from Hubble Space Telescope’s Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) and the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) on the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope. Each pixel is a continuous spectrum of colors in both of these instruments, which means that STIS as well as MUSE observations can be unambiguously processed to determine the true color of Neptune and Uranus.

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Although the familiar Voyager 2 images of Uranus were published in a form closer to ‘true’ color, those of Neptune were, in fact, stretched and enhanced, and therefore made artificially too blue. Even though the artificially-saturated color was known at the time amongst planetary scientists – and the images were released with captions explaining it – that distinction had become lost over time. Applying our model to the original data, we have been able to reconstitute the most accurate representation yet of the color of both Neptune and Uranus,” said Professor Patrick Irwin from the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics.

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Space Perspective Reveals First Images of Spaceship Neptune Capsule Ahead of Test Flight

Space Perspective Reveals First Images of Spaceship Neptune Capsule Ahead of Test Flight

Space Perspective Spaceship Neptune Capsule Images
Space Perspective has revealed the first images of its Spaceship Neptune capsule ahead of its test flight, which will be unmanned to collect data for their production version capable of transporting tourists to the edge of space.

Neptune aims to become the most accessible, sustainable, and safest spacecraft in the commercial sector. When launches begin, the capsule will remain attached to a high-altitude balloon during the entire flight, thus eliminating the need to transfer the crewed compartment mid-flight like the SpaceX Dragon. The 6+ hour journey will take the capsule to 100,000 feet above the Earth, or an apogee free of 99% of the Earth’s atmosphere. So far, the company has sold more than 1,650 tickets at $125,000 USD each.

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Space Perspective Spaceship Neptune Capsule Images
Space Perspective Spaceship Neptune Capsule Images
Space Perspective Spaceship Neptune Capsule Images
Space Perspective Spaceship Neptune Capsule Images
Space Perspective Spaceship Neptune Capsule Images

The entire company is predicated on this insight from astronauts that seeing Earth from the blackness of space changes you in a profound way. After returning from missions, many astronauts report having a fire inside them to do something about the state of the world. They tend to get involved in environmental issues and societal causes,” said Jane Poynter, Space Perspective CEO.

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Gamer Builds Real-Life Version of Canceled SEGA Neptune Console from 1995

Gamer Builds Real-Life Version of Canceled SEGA Neptune Console from 1995

Macho Nacho Productions Real SEGA Neptune Game Console
Just like the SEGA Mega Modem, now many have seen the canceled SEGA Neptune console from 1995. This was supposed to be game console that combined the Genesis and 32X game consoles into one, with a planned retail price of under $200 US.



SEGA canceled the Neptune in October 1995 due to fears that it would cannibalize sales of their Saturn console. Put simply, the SEGA Neptune was planned to be a standalone 32X system. Macho Nacho Productions needed quite a few parts to build a real-life version, including a custom shell, a model 2 Genesis, 90-degree cartridge slot, and most importantly, 32X hardware components. If you have experience with soldering and electronic boards, this could be a fun project to tackle. In related news, did you know that SEGA had plans to release a CD drive for the Neptune?


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