Thursday, April 13, 2006

Venus Vortex

The first images from ESA's Venus Express are now available. The top pic here is a near-IR image of the funky, swirling clouds over the planet's south pole.

For the sake of comparison, the second pic is of the south pole of Saturn (more pics here), and the third is a bunch of swirly lollipops. Note that the lollipops appear to swirl in the opposite direction as the Venusian clouds, although the significance of this (if any) is as yet unknown.

Magellan images of Venus' north pole can be found here. Apparently there's a swirling cloud vortex at the north pole as well, but I haven't been able to find any images of it.

Also, live pictures of our own south pole can be found here. Well, ok, it's dark there right now, but you get the idea.



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