False color image reveals clouds on Venus.
Photojournal: PIA01544
Source: L. Esposito (University of Colorado, Boulder), and NASA/ESA
Published: March 21, 1995

Hubble Space Telescope ultraviolet-light image of Venus, taken on January 24 1995, when Venus was at a distance of 70.6 million miles (113.6 million kilometers) from Earth.

Venus is covered with clouds made of sulfuric acid, rather than the water-vapor clouds found on Earth. These clouds permanently shroud Venus' volcanic surface, which has been radar mapped by spacecraft and by Earth-based telescopes.


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