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This ghostly puff of smoke is actually a mass of swirling gas and cloud at Venus’ south pole, as seen by the Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer (VIRTIS) aboard ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft.
- Close-up view of south polar vortex (video)
- Close-up view over Venus south polar vortex
- South polar dipole movie – different view
- Terrific south polar vortex