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July 12, 2011 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2011-19

Neptune Completes Its First Circuit Around The Sun Since Its Discovery

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Neptune
Object Description: Planet
Distance: Neptune has a diameter of roughly 30,800 miles (49,600 kilometers) at the equator.
Dimensions: The semi-major axis of Neptune's orbit about the Sun is 30.06 astronomical units (roughly 2.8 billion miles or 4.5 billion kilometers).
About the Data
Data Description: This image was created from HST data from proposal 12675: K. Noll, Z. Levay, M. Livio, C. Christian, H. Bond, L. Frattare, M. Mutchler, T. Borders, and W. Januszewski (Hubble Heritage Team/STScI).
Instrument: WFC3/UVIS
Exposure Date(s): June 25-26, 2011
Exposure Time: 36 minutes
Filters: F467N (46nm), F631N (63nm), and F845M (84nm)
About the Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: July 12, 2011
Color: This image is a composite of many separate exposures made by the WFC3/UVIS instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope using three different filters. The color results from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic image. In this case, the assigned colors are:
F467N (46nm) blue
F631N (63nm) green
F845M (84nm) red/orange
Orientation/Scale: Compass and Scale Image of Neptune