Artistic impression of the Venusian surface and atmosphere

This artistic illustration depicts the Venusian surface and atmosphere, as well as phosphine molecules. These molecules float in the windblown clouds of Venus at altitudes of 55 to 80km, absorbing some of the millimetre waves that are produced at lower altitudes. They were detected in Venus’s high clouds in data from the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, in which ESO is a partner.

Credit:

ESO/M. Kornmesser/L. Calçada

About the Image

Id:eso2015d
Type:Artwork
Release date:14 September 2020, 17:00
Related releases:eso2015
Size:5000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:Venus
Type:Solar System : Planet : Feature : Atmosphere
Category:Illustrations
Solar System

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