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October 14, 1998 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1998-34

Hubble Provides a Moving Look at Neptune's Stormy Disposition

October 14, 1998: Using powerful ground- and space-based telescopes, scientists have obtained a moving look at some of the wildest, weirdest weather in the solar system.

Combining simultaneous observations of Neptune made with the Hubble telescope and NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, a team of scientists has captured the most insightful images to date of a planet whose blustery weather bewilders scientists. On Neptune, winds blow at 900 miles per hour and huge storms — some the sizes of Earth itself — come and go with regularity.

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