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Neptune's "Scooter"

One of the many cloud patterns of Neptune is the "scooter" which was discovered by Voyager in 1989.

In this image, the Great Dark Spot is found in the upper left of the image, and just below the Spot is a patch of high altitude white clouds which accompany the Spot. Below this patch of white clouds, is a triangular patch of clouds in the lower middle portion of the picture. This patch is known as "the scooter".

The scooter is probably a patch of cirrus clouds. The patch is called "the scooter" because they circle the planet very fast, faster than the Great Dark Spot.

The patch of clouds to the bottom right of this image is known as the small dark spot.


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