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Someone should care, maybe not you....

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13 April 2006

And, for something completely different....

Venus. We are starting to get pictures back from the Venus Express probe launched by the European Space agency in November 2005. It has entered orbit around Venus and we are getting cool pictures of the votex at the south pole.

Date: 12 Apr 2006
Satellite: Venus Express
Depicts: Venus, southern hemisphere
Copyright: ESA/CNR-IASF, Rome, Italy, and Observatoire de Paris, France

This false-colour VIRTIS composite image shows Venus's day side on the left and night side on the right, with a scale of 50 km per pixel.

The day half is itself a composite of images taken via wavelength filters and chiefly shows sunlight reflected from the tops of clouds, down to a height of about 65 km above the planet's surface.

The image of the night half was taken via an infrared filter at a wavelength of 1.7 μm, and chiefly shows dynamic spiral cloud structures in the lower atmosphere, around 55 km altitude. The darker regions correspond to thicker cloud cover, while the brighter regions correspond to thinner cloud cover, allowing hot thermal radiation from lower down to be imaged.

for more information----Venus Express


Blogger gunngirl said...

Pretty. Wouldn't it be nice if we could inhabit Venus? On second thought, we'd just screw up that planet too.

But sometimes I feel we could use an 'Earth two' we could ship all the stupid people over to it. heh

10:08 PM  
Anonymous Phred said...

Very cool

7:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Great Red Spot is a storm the size of the Earth. But somehow it loses a bit of impressiveness because Jupiter is so big.

Venus, on the other hand, is the same size as the Earth. And it's got permanent tornadoes the depth of the stratosphere at both poles. That's kind of creepy.

6:07 PM  
Blogger Miranda said...

It's beautiful! And even though it looks completely different from my vantage point down here, it's beautiful even when it looks merely like a bright star.

9:46 AM  

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