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Spectrum of Venus in the Violet and Near-Ultraviolet

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Science  30 Oct 1959:
Vol. 130, Issue 3383, pp. 1195
DOI: 10.1126/science.130.3383.1195

Abstract

Recent observations of the spectrum of the planet Venus, with spectrographs of low and high dispersion at the Georgetown College Observatory, show that a wide, continuous absorption band is present in the violet and near-ultraviolet. The band begins near wavelength 4500 A and extends to the short-wavelength limit of our spectrograms near 3800 A. It is similar in structure to the strong absorption, reported by others, for gaseous nitrogen tetroxide.