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What's hot in space?

New space images show lightning, lagoons and big iron on planets such as Mercury, Jupiter and Venus.

  • Mercury wags its tail
  • Lightning in space
  • Not Gilligan's Island lagoon
  • Twisted
  • Nice spiral
  • Green peas?
  • Big Iron
  • Jupiter burning
  • Shine on you crazy coreshine
  • Nice aurora
  • Face to face
  • Nice to see you
  • Play
  • Play
  • Backward
  • Forward

Face to face

A new animation using data from the European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft shows that the double eye of the giant vortex at Venus' South pole has disappeared according to a study by Dr. Giuseppe Piccioni of Italy's National Institute for Astrophysics. Dr. Piccioni and colleagues also tracked the clouds in the Venusian atmosphere in order to measure the wind speeds of the significant atmospheric "super-rotation" rotating 60 times faster than planet underneath creating tons of wind shear.

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