Venus seen by BepiColombo

The sun’s second planet, Venus, as seen from the BepiColombo spacecraft as it passed on its way to the innermost planet, Mercury, earlier this month.

Large whie planet passes right to left past spacecraft arms.

The European Space Agency’s BepiColombo spacecraft, heading toward Mercury, caught this fleeting image of Venus via its monitoring camera 2 on October 15, 2020. The terminator line, or dividing line between light and dark on Venus, can be seen passing from right to left, causing Venus to change phase as the spacecraft swept past.

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Claudia Crowley