Seen in natural color, Venus is as featureless as a cue ball. In ultraviolet wavelengths, a mysterious atmospheric component absorbs sunlight, outlining patterns in Venus’ clouds. Like a weather satellite, Japan’s Akatsuki orbiter swings far from Venus on each 10-day orbit and watches the clouds move through cameras that see in ultraviolet, visible, and infrared wavelengths.
Images were taken with Akatsuki's UVI camera. Composites made from image pairs taken through 283-nm and 365-nm filters. Raw images were taken between 2017-08-08 17:01 and 207-08-11 06:43.