Nighttime weather on Venus revealed for the 1st time
What's the weather like at night on Venus? Scientists are finally finding out.
Just one planet away, Venus is relatively close to Earth and we have been studying it for a long time, with the first Venusian probe reaching the planet in 1978. However, scientists have known very little about what the weather is like at night on Venus. That is, until now.
In a new study, researchers have devised a new way to use infrared sensors on the Japanese Venus climate orbiter Akatsuki, a probe that arrived in orbit around Venus in 2015, to finally reveal what weather is like on the planet at nighttime. Those sensors found nighttime clouds and some strange wind circulation patterns.
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Like Earth, Venus lies in our sun's "habitable zone," has a solid surface and an atmosphere that has weather. To understand a planet's weather, researchers study cloud motion in infrared light. However, while Venus' atmosphere rotates quickly, the planet itself has the slowest rotation of any major planet in our solar system, meaning day …
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