FIRST-EVER IMAGE OF VENUS’ SURFACE TAKEN WITH VISIBLE LIGHT

 FIRST-EVER IMAGE OF VENUS’ SURFACE TAKEN WITH VISIBLE LIGHT

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NASA has captured the first visible light images of the surface of the Venus from the space. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, which launched in 2018, captured the latest images.

A full analysis of the images and video, published on Feb.9 2022, in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

In 2020 and 2021 Parker solar probe pointed its camera at the night side of Venus as the spacecraft flew by. The camera are known as the Wide-field image for solar Probe, or WISPR.

WISPR are designed to see faint features in the solar wind flowing out from the sun. scientist thought they could use cameras to see Venus’ clouds during Flybys of the planet instead they saw light and dark surface features through the clouds this is the first time visible light from the Venusian surface has been captured form the space.

Brian Wood who led author on the new study and physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC said “Venus is the third brightest thing in the sky, but until recently we have not had much information on what surface looked like because our view of it is blocked by a thick atmosphere”.

Karabelo Moncho

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