Parker Solar Probe Captures Visible Light Images of Venus's Surface at Night

The surface of Venus is so hot it glows dimly in deep red light, whose long wavelength allows it to propagate through the dense clouds in the atmosphere. A sensitive camera on the Parker Solar Probe called WISPR, intended to image faint features in the solar wind, was able to observe the surface of Venus on the night side of the planet during a fly-by of the planet in February 2021.

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