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Oxygen airglow peak
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- Title Oxygen airglow peak
- Released 26/11/2007 10:33 am
- Copyright ESA/VIRTIS-VenusX IASF-INAF, Observatoire de Paris (G.Piccioni, IASF-INAF)
This mosaic is composed of images taken by the Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer (VIRTIS) on board ESA’s Venus Express in July 2007, at a distance of about 65 000 km from the planet’s surface.
It shows a peak of the oxygen airglow (brightest parts in the image), a phenomenon visible in the upper atmosphere of Venus at night. The images were obtained at 1.27 micrometres.