Gliding silently through the outer
Solar System, the
Voyager 2 spacecraft camera captured
Triton together in crescent phase in 1989.
The elegant picture of the
gas giant planet and its
was taken from behind just after
It could not have been taken from
Neptune never shows a crescent phase to sunward Earth.
unusual vantage point also robs
Neptune of its familiar
as sunlight seen from here is scattered forward,
and so is reddened like the
Neptune is smaller but more massive than
Uranus, has several
dark rings, and emits more light than it receives from the Sun.