Venus or the sister planet of Earth actually shares same features as our planet. It is about the same size and mass plus it shares many similarities at an organic level. What’s most important is that it orbits the Sun at approximately the same distance as Earth which puts it in a viable region to develop forms of life of its own. Even though nowadays the planet is just a massive ball of toxic hot gas, Venus could have been a beautiful oasis in the past. Moreover, now astrologists share the opinion that this planet has more secrets than expected. A Japanese spaceship has just recorded a gravity wave in the atmosphere of this planet.
The Akatsuki spacecraft is a Japanese probe that noticed something incredibly for the first time regarding the second planet from the Sun. The ship reached Venus on December 7th, 2015 and recorded an atmospheric gravity wave. The European Space Agency defines such a phenomenon as a ripple that forms in the density of a planet’s atmosphere. On Earth, these waves affect our weather and produce turbulence.
On the other hand, the scientific world recorded several such events on the surface of Venus throughout time. However, what sets this December report apart from all others is the location of the atmospheric gravity wave. The Japanese spaceship was the first one to notice this event as not mobile and hovering above a mountainous area. What makes this more peculiar is that the gravity wave maintained its position despite background atmospheric winds.
As the surface of Venus is too hot for any probe to last more than a few hours, scientists could only rely on theories to imagine the activity of this planet. However, this new report can reveal more insights about the planet than before. Due to the fact that such a phenomenon was possible at such high altitudes, the experts concluded that the winds on Venus are more variable from a temporal or spatial point of view.
The Japanese spacecraft was forced to change its orbit after December 7th, 2015. This led to the probe losing track of the phenomenon. When it came back to the previous position on January 15th, 2016, the gravity wave was gone. In the future, scientists will look to study the surface of Venus furthermore to have a clearer picture of what really happens over there.
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