[FPSPACE] Observing the clouds of Venus with a solar telescope
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Fri Feb 10 17:21:41 EST 2006
Sunspot, NM (Feb. 7, 2006) -- The planet Venus is best known for the thick
layers of clouds that veil its surface from view by telescopes on Earth. But
the veil has holes, and a New Mexico State University scientist plans on
using a solar telescope to peer through them to study the weather on Venus.
"Observations of Venus from a nighttime telescope at a single location are
very difficult because Venus is so close to the Sun in the sky," said Dr.
Nancy Chanover, a planetary scientist at NMSU in Las Cruces, NM. "You can
observe it for about two hours at most." Then the Sun rises and blinds the
telescope (or Venus sets, depending on the time of year).
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