7-11 July 2014
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
<a href="http://events.saip.org.za/internalPage.py?pageId=16&confId=34"><font color=#0000ff>SAIP2014 Proceedings published on 17 April 2015</font></a>

Composition analysis of Uranus and Neptune using visible-light New Horizons data

8 Jul 2014, 17:10
1h 50m
D Ring ground level

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Board: D1.353
Poster Presentation Track D1 - Astrophysics Poster1


Ms Isobel Kolbe (University of Pretoria)

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Dr. Henry Throop, henry.throop@gmail.com, University of Pretoria

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NASA’s New Horizons (NH) spacecraft was launched in 2006 for a July 2015 encounter with Pluto. Its path through the Solar System allows observation to be made of a variety of planets and asteroids during its nine-year cruise to Pluto, in particular Uranus and Neptune. The nature and composition of these gaseous planets will determine the angle at which light is reflected off them. NH’s unique geometry allows us to study the reflected light from Uranus and Neptune at a range of phase angles (Sun-target-observer angle) which are not observable from Earth. We will report on NH’s visible-light observations of Uranus and Neptune taken throughout cruise, and the implications this has for the composition and structure of cloud layers in these bodies’ atmospheres.

Primary authors

Dr Henry Throop (University of Pretoria) Ms Isobel Kolbe (University of Pretoria)

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