Venus's brilliant performance
- An eye on Venus. // Boys' Life;Aug91, Vol. 81 Issue 8, p6
Reports on what scientists have learned so far about the planet Venus from the Magellan spacecraft. Why it is using radar instead of cameras; Description of Venus' surface; How much of the planet's surface has been mapped.
- Venus reveals her secrets. // Current Events;12/7/90, Vol. 90 Issue 12, p3
Describes the United States-built Magellan space probe's findings on the planet Venus. 860 degrees F surface temperature; Sand dunes; Flat volcanic domes.
- The phase anomaly of Venus. Mallama, Anthony; di Cicco, Dennis // Sky & Telescope;Aug94, Vol. 88 Issue 2, p102
Discusses the Schroter effect or the unpredictability of the date of visual dichotomy of Venus. Appearance of being half illuminated several days before geometry dictates it should be; Author's attempt to develop a more powerful method for measuring Venus at half phase.
- Visible Venus. Moody, J. // Highlights for Children;Jan90, Vol. 45 Issue 1, p32
Discusses Venus, which can be seen at twilight during the winter, and gives instructions for tracking Venus around the sun during the year.
- Lightning strikes Venus in afternoon. // Current Science;11/30/90, Vol. 76 Issue 7, p12
Reports that astronomers have found that lightning seems to occur frequently during afternoons on Venus. Analysis of radio signals on board the Pioneer spacecraft.
- Spacecraft unmasks hidden face of Venus. Westrup, H. // Current Science;1/4/91, Vol. 76 Issue 9, p6
Analyzes early photographs of Venus taken by the United States spacecraft `Magellan.' Topography of Venus; Description; Plate tectonics theory; Ishtar Terra; Evidence of widespread volcanism; Future role of `Magellan.'
- `Pancakes' seen on Venus. // Current Science;2/15/91, Vol. 76 Issue 12, p15
Reports that pancake-shaped domes up to 15 miles in diameter have been discovered on the surface of Venus. Details.
- Giant `spiders' found on Venus. // Current Science;4/12/91, Vol. 76 Issue 16, p15
Describes unusual surface formations on Venus which resemble spiders, recorded by the `Magellan' space probe. How the `spiders' were probably formed.
- Lightning on Venus recorded. // Current Science;2/28/92, Vol. 77 Issue 13, p14
Observes that instruments aboard the Galileo spacecraft have provided the most convincing evidence that lightning does happen on the planet Venus. How lightning occurs on Earth; Why lightning may occur on Venus.
- Magellan radar images depict large impact craters on Venus. // Aviation Week & Space Technology;10/8/90, Vol. 133 Issue 15, p67
Examines a composite radar image of Venus' surface, made up of 24 consecutive orbits of the Magellan spacecraft. The image shows three large impact craters, each 23-30 miles in diameter.