These five images show the entire surface of Venus. The central image shows the north pole of Venus. The other four images are centered on points of the equator at 0 ° longitude (upper left), 90 ° east longitude (upper right), 180 ° and 270 ° east longitude (lower, left and right).
The bright region near the center of the polar sight is Mount Maxwell, the tallest mountain on Venus.
Venus rotates very slowly on its axis and the direction is retrograde (contrary to that of the Earth). Interestingly, when the two planets are closer, always look towards the same face of Venus towards Earth. On these occasions, this face can be observed and maps can be drawn using Earth-based radio telescopes.
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