You need to upgrade your Flash Player The theme of this blog is not only and obviously space, but in particular “terrestrial worlds”, places that tend to have surfaces on which one could walk or at least attach oneself to. These places sometimes also have other earth-like familiar features such as atmospheres, weather, volcanos, geysers and perhaps, we are finding, even exotic oceans, rivers or lakes that are not necessarily made of familiar materials we are used to here at home. The second theme is imagery. Occasionally I do some retouching of images when needed if an image is incomplete or sometimes “dirty” or noisy. I will attempt to correct image shortcomings based upon other images or well-accepted presumed attributes. When this is done, notes will be offered as to what was added, why and sometimes how it was done. This way no one should ever wonder if something they are looking at is real or photoshop.

Wallpaper: Triton Portrait

Wallpaper: Triton Portrait

Another big surprise of the Voyager mission was the discovery that the coldest place in the solar system is also home to a considerable amount of geological activity. The moon appears to be widely populated by a large amount of cryovolcanos which were observed directly by Voyager in 1989. These volcanos can be seen in this image as small black smudges mostly located running across the center of the disk. It also has a tenuous atmosphere almost entirely composed of nitrogen.

One of the most interesting bits of information about Triton to me is that the orbit runs in the opposite direction of Neptune’s rotation. This suggests that at one time, Triton may have been a dwarf planet captured by Neptune’s pull. This would also explain the lack of numerous moons which we see at many of the other gas giant planets. Triton would have swept through the Neptune system and probably either collided with or ejected whatever moons may have existed in the system. Triton also has a very slowly decaying orbit and will likely collide with Neptune or shatter into pieces to form a new ring system in 3.6 billion years.

Wallpaper: Triton

Image Note: This is the orignal Triton portrait image that was posted to this site. The newer and improved main top image was recently generated by Ted Stryk and posted to

5 Responses to “Wallpaper: Triton Portrait”

  1. Stephen Reeves Says:

    im a geologist and im just wondering if any samples have been recovered

  2. thomas Says:

    Samples of Triton or from the ejection of other moons? Well, that sure would be a dream scenario. Other than the Apollo program, only 3 sample return programs have ever been executed sucessfully. There were a few Russian Luna probe missions to our own moon, The Genesis mission which collected particles of solar wind and most recently the Stardust mission which returned samples of cometary dust and minute stellar dust particles. Currently Japan is attempting to return bits of an asteroid to Earth, but that mission is in great doubt. A sample mission as far away as Triton is fantastic considering that we have yet to even try getting something off nearby Mars.

  3. thomas romer Says:

    or maybe you are asking about triton/meteorite samples?

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