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submitted by George Poulos on 09.06.2004

Venus - the PLANET - named after Kythera's goddess

Venus - the PLANET - named after Kythera's goddess - Venus Hemispheric view

Venus, the PLANET, was named after the Romanised version of Kythera's goddess - Aphrodite.

I regard Venus as Kythera's planet.

It is fitting that the occurence of the Transit of Venus across the face of the Sun, (Jun 8, 2004), has focused the attention of the entire world onto Kythera's planet.

This is a NASA photograph of Venus.

Hemispheric View of Venus Centered at 0 Degrees East Longitude

Target Name: Venus
Spacecraft: Magellan
Produced by: NASA/USGS
Copyright: Public Domain
Cross Reference: PIA00157

"The hemispheric view of Venus, as revealed by more than a decade of radar investigations culminating in the 1990-1994 Magellan mission, is centered at 0 degrees east longitude. The Magellan spacecraft imaged more than 98% of Venus at a resolution of about 100 meters; the effective resolution of this image is about 3 km. A mosaic of the Magellan images (most with illumination from the west) forms the image base. Gaps in the Magellan coverage were filled with images from the Earth-based Arecibo radar in a region centered roughly on 0 degree latitude and longitude, and with a neutral tone elsewhere (primarily near the south pole). The composite image was processed to improve contrast and to emphasize small features, and was color-coded to represent elevation. Gaps in the elevation data from the Magellan radar altimeter were filled with altimetry from the Venera spacecraft and the U.S. Pioneer Venus missions. An orthographic projection was used, simulating a distant view of one hemisphere of the planet."

From,

http://www.solarviews.com/cap/venus/venus1.htm

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