Venus Cloud Patterns
This picture of Venus was taken by the Galileo spacecraft’s Solid State Imaging System on February 14, 1990. A highpass spatial filter has been applied in order to emphasize the smaller scale cloud features, and the rendition has been colorized to a bluish hue in order to emphasize the subtle contrasts in the cloud markings. The sulfuric acid clouds indicate considerable convective activity, in the equatorial regions of the planet to the left and downwind of the subsolar point (afternoon on Venus). They are analogous to "fair weather clouds" on Earth.
Image Number: NASA-PIA00072
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