Akatsuki showcase of Venus

credit: ISAS/JAXA Instrument: IR2 camera (2.26-um wavelength filter) Exposure: 6 sec Acquisition time: 25 March 2016, 07:32 UT

I know the page is in Japanese, but these pictures of Venus taken by Akatsuki are nevertheless stunning. A picture says more than a thousands Kanji characters, one might say. Kudos JAXA.

Description: The night-side view of Venus imaged by IR2 at 0.1 M km distance. This is to date the most detailed global view of the night-side disk. At 2.26 μm, spatially-inhomogeneous clouds appear as silhouette back-illuminated by thermal radiation from the hot lower atmosphere. Such images, combined with other cameras’ data, will be used to study the 3D structure and dynamics of Venus atmosphere. … (ISAS/JAXA)

credit: ISAS/JAXA Instrument: IR2 camera (2.26-um wavelength filter) Exposure: 6 sec Acquisition time: 25 March 2016, 07:32 UT

credit: ISAS/JAXA
Instrument: IR2 camera (2.26-um wavelength filter)
Exposure: 6 sec
Acquisition time: 25 March 2016, 07:32 UT

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