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The Parker Solar Probe has captured the first images of light on Venus' surface

By: April Carson

The Parker Solar Probe has captured the first images of light on Venus' surface, which helps scientists to better understand how the atmosphere works and why it's so hot.

It is the first time that scientists have been able to observe actual artificial light? The result has been published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters in which scientists explain how they were able to measure for the first time in history in Venus's surface using VIRTIS, an infrared imaging spectrometer instrument.

Venus is very mysterious and is the second planet from the Sun. It is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, or Aphrodite in Greek mythology, who was born from sea foam near Cyprus on a shell that had been cast ashore by a wave of the sea.

Venus is a very bright object in our sky and its surface can be seen clearly. But this visibility does not mean that we know much about it or that we know all about what is there.

However, the new images that were published this week in a study funded by NASA went beyond what was initially expected. They helped scientists to understand what is happening on the surface of Venus and thus better understand how its atmosphere works.

What are they?

The images show light reflected from the ground of Venus, which helps us to better understand the properties of its surface. They were obtained by using a camera on board the Parker Solar Probe , which was the first spacecraft to orbit around the Sun, at about four million kilometers from Venus.

While the surface of Venus is lost from view due to an atmosphere filled with dense, pitch-like clouds, it is impossible to see the planet's terrain using optical instruments from Earth or orbit. However, NASA's Parker Solar Probe has recently provided the first visible light pictures of Venus' surface.

Using the probe's Wide-Field Imager (WISPR), scientists were able to capture the entire night side of Venus in wavelengths of the visible spectrum. The result is a set of photographs and video that display the planet's distinct surface geology, including continental areas, plains, and plateaus. Scientists hope that the new pictures will assist them in understanding Venus' formation and why it became inhospitable to life.

"Over the course of its mission, Parker Solar Probe will use four instrument suites to study the Sun's corona and solar wind. The FIELDS suite measures electric and magnetic fields over wide frequency bands, which will allow scientists to infer changes in plasma motions near spacecraft," said Dr. Adam Szabo of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

"However, the FIELDS data are turned into visualizations by computer models that simulate various aspects of the plasma environment. These visualization can then be compared with actual observations to test our models and determine how well they represent reality."

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