Venus - Galileo

Color enhanced image of Venus from 2.7 million km

Galileo colorized image of Venus taken from 2.7 million km about 5 days after closest approach on 15 February 1990. The exposure was taken through a violet filter and colored blue to enhance contrast. The westward moving sulfuric acid clouds at the equator and polar hoods are visible. Great detail (resolution of about 70 km) can be seen in the cloud structure, which is moving at speeds up to 100 m/s (230 miles/hr). Venus is 12,100 km in diameter, north is up, and the evening terminator is to the left. The bright spot at right is the sub-solar point (local noon). (Galileo, P-37218)
Larger image: 191K

High resolution tiff file (3.0M)

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1990-02-15
Distance/Range (km): 2700000.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
Orbit(s): Flyby

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: global view, clouds
Instrument: Solid State Imaging CCD Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 800 x 800, 8 bit
Instrument Field of View (deg): .46 x .46
Filter: violet
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: GO_0002 (raw images)
NASA Image ID number: P-37218
Other Image ID number: GLL-V7 SSI
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 89-084B-10B
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): 89-084B-10C (raw images)
Other ID: N/A


[NASA Logo] Authors/Curators:

Dave Williams,, (301) 286-1258
Code 690.1, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Jay Friedlander,, (301) 286-7172
Code 612.4, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

NASA Official: Ed Grayzeck,

Last updated: 24 September 2015