Venus is already very weird planet. After greenhouse effect, extreme temperatures, and pressures, dense clouds with crazy rotation speed, now the scientist noticed something new. The strange and unknown structure has been spotted on Venus stretching for 10,000 kilometers in the clouds of its atmosphere. To be even stranger this structure resist the sulfuric clouds, regardless they are spinning faster than the planet itself. Scientists now try to explain it and they have some interesting assumptions.
Gravity Waves Lighting Up Venus Atmosphere
Last December the camera of Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft first time spotted anomalies in the upper atmosphere. Scientists from Rikkyo University in Tokyo published their findings in Nature. They captured the area in infrared images and measured that pockets stretching for 10,000 kilometers above the mountainous region of Venus. There has been a lot of speculations about this. However, the best guess is that it’s some sort of gravity wave.
Gravity waves are not gravitational waves. A gravity wave is a wave propagated on a liquid surface or in a fluid through the effects of gravity. So, it is a common thing on rocky planets. Earth example of such waves is the one above The Andes in Patagonia.
What is strange about this Venus gravity wave is that scientist didn’t expect that these waves could forms so high in the atmosphere. Yet, only a massive gravity wave can resist the rotation speed of acid clouds. And the fact that the structure is formed above the Venus mountains proves it even more.
The research team claims that study clearly shows the evidence of the existence of stationary gravity waves. Further, the research reveals that such stationary gravity waves can have a very large scale. This one on Venus is perhaps the greatest ever observed in the Solar System.