Venus Colorized Clouds
March 18, 2003
This colorized picture of Venus was taken February 14, 1990, from a distance of almost 1.7 million miles, about 6 days after Galileo's closest approach to the planet. It has been colorized to a bluish hue to emphasize subtle contrasts in the cloud markings and to indicate that it was taken through a violet filter. Features in the sulfuric acid clouds near the top of the planet's atmosphere are most prominent in violet and ultraviolet light.
Topics: Cloud, Venus, Planetary science, Environment, Atmosphere of Venus, Film colorization, Sulfuric acid, Photographic filter, Galileo, Planet