goddess: Venus, photographed by Venus Express, 2nd & 3rd October 2007.
From mission day 530. More gifs.
This gif covers about 10 hours of real time. At the start VEX is near apoapsis, showing the south pole, then moves towards periapsis closer to the equatorial plane, and also further toward the night side. Images in this sequence have been rescaled to give Venus a consistent size even as the spacecraft moves toward the planet - the image appears to “iris in” at the end because the planet is overflowing the frame.
Image credit: ESA/MPS/DLR/IDA. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.