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Venus in Infrared. Caption & Credits

This view of Venus, a color-coded temperature map made by the Pioneer Orbiter infrared radiometer, shows some of the planet's circulation patterns. Venus's north pole is at the center, with the surrounding hemisphere showing time of day (noon at the bott om, midnight at the top). The colors represent temperatures ranging from cold (dark blue) to hot (dark red). Not surprisingly, directly under the noonday Sun temperatures are the hottest; but it is warmer at midnight that either morning or afternoon, in dicating that winds or circulation patterns have carried warm air round to the dark side.

NASA image.

Return to Venus: the Veiled Planet

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NCSA. Last modified 11/17/95.