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Venus' Lower Clouds

Venus' Lower Clouds

JAXA/ISAS/DARTS/Damia Bouic

Venus' Lower Clouds
Akatsuki’s IR2 camera relies on heat emanating from the lower atmosphere of Venus to image the nightside lower clouds. The infrared radiation originating beneath the clouds silhouettes the lowermost cloud deck, so areas of thicker cloud appear darker in this photo. At lower left, the camera’s detector is overwhelmed by the brilliance of sunlight reflecting off the daylit crescent.

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Original image data dated on or about October 19, 2016

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