National Geographic News

Uranus in True and False Color

Photograph courtesy NASA/JPL

These two pictures of Uranus—one in true color (left) and the other in false color—were compiled from images returned in 1986 by the narrow-angle camera of Voyager 2. The true-color image shows how humans would see the planet from the vantage point of the spacecraft. The false-color image brings out subtle details, such as a dark polar hood surrounded by lighter concentric bands. This banding could be haze or smog, concentrated over the pole and arranged into bands by movement in the upper atmosphere.

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