Radar View of Venus

Venus by radar. Credit: B. Campbell, Smithsonian, et al., NRAO/AUI/NSF, Arecibo
Venus by radar. Credit: B. Campbell, Smithsonian, et al., NRAO/AUI/NSF, Arecibo

The image is the result of combining the capabilities of the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope and radar transmitter at Arecibo Observatory to make a radar image of Venus.

Mountains and other surface features are easy to see (click the image). The black band is an area to close to the “Doppler equator” to get good image data.

More at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

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