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    Astronomers released high-resolution images of the Venus' surface that cannot be observed in visible light since it is always hidden beneath a thick layer of acid clouds.

    Researchers used the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope, known as the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT), as well as a powerful radar transmitter at the Arecibo Observatory, located in Puerto Rico, to make detailed pictures of the planet's surface, featuring mountains, ridges and volcanoes.

    The latest series of images was taken in 2012. Detailed radar pictures of the Venetian surface were first obtained at the Arecibo Observatory back in 1988.

    Astronomers used both sets of photos to study how the planet's surface changed over time. They look for the signs of dynamic geological processes in the hope of broadening our understanding of Venus' geological history and its current state.

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    geology, radio telescope, Venus, photos, planet, space exploration, space, Arecibo Observatory
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