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Close-up on Venusian cloud structures at the south pole

Close-up on Venusian cloud structures at the south pole


Date: 29 November 2010
Satellite: Venus Express
Copyright: ESA/MPS/DLR/IDA

This false-colour ultraviolet image of the south pole of Venus was obtained by the Venus Monitoring Camera (VMC) on board ESA's Venus Express on 25 February 2008 from a distance of about 20 000 km, at a wavelength of 365 nanometres. The octagonal shape of the image is due to the VMC field of view.

It is a zoom-in on the south polar 'cap', located inside a 60-degree-latitude circle. It shows a very bright and uniform appearance and lacks small-scale markings. However several dark streaks encircle the polar regions and seem to indicate strong jet-stream-like winds in the atmosphere around the pole.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
28-Oct-2021 11:58 UT

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