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Rotation and displacement of the southern polar vortex on Venus

Date: 07 April 2011
Satellite: Venus Express
Depicts: Southern polar vortex on Venus
Copyright: ESA/VIRTIS-VenusX/INAF-IASF/LESIA-Obs. Paris/Univ. Lisbon/Univ. Evora

This image shows the polar region of Venus, at a wavelength of 3.8 microns. The arrows denote the motion of the atmosphere around a centre of rotation (marked with a white dot). The centre of rotation is found to be displaced on average by about 300 km from the geographic South Pole.


Last Update: 07 April 2011

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