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Neptune as seen from the surface of Neptune's largest moon Triton; gas giant; ice giant; planetary rings; ring system; retrograde orbit; cryovolcanic terrain; tectonic terrain - Space Art Illustration

Neptune from the surface of Triton

White cirrus clouds race across a crescent Neptune as it looms over Triton's bleak and frozen south polar region. Sheets of frozen nitrogen ice with traces of other substances, including frozen methane and carbon monoxide, overlie Triton's darker material. The ice has turned pink due to the interaction with ultraviolet light from the distant Sun. Further south all of the surface of Triton is covered by such ices.


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