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Venus's polar vortex
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- Title Venus's polar vortex
- Released 13/03/2008 2:29 pm
- Copyright ESA/VIRTIS/INAF-IASF/Obs. de Paris-LESIA/Univ. of Oxford
This image, of the ‘eye of the hurricane’ on Venus was taken by the Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer (VIRTIS) on board Venus Express.
This picture shows a region in the venusian atmosphere about 60 km from the surface, at a wavelength of about 5 micrometres. In this figure, the dipole assumes an eye-like shape and from here until the last image, it is possible to see how its shape evolves rapidly in a span of only 24 hours.
The yellow dot in the image indicates the location of the south pole.