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The southern polar vortex on Venus (measurements at 3.8 microns)

Date: 07 April 2011
Satellite: Venus Express
Depicts: Southern polar vortex on Venus
Copyright: ESA/VIRTIS-VenusX/INAF-IASF/LESIA-Obs. de Paris (G. Piccioni, INAF-IASF)

This image sequence shows thermal infrared radiation (at a wavelength of 3.8 microns) emitted by the cloud-tops at the southern polar region of Venus, as viewed by the VIRTIS imaging spectrometer on Venus Express. The scale has been inverted: white regions show cooler cloud, likely to be at higher altitude.

Last Update: 16 May 2014

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