Giant gravity wave spotted on Venus
Jan 17, 2017
A strange phenomenon has been placed on the face of planet Venus. The sighting was done by the Venus climate orbiter Akatsuki in December 2015, as soon as it entered the orbit of planet Venus.
A massive gravity wave was spotted along the planet's upper cloud layer. A gravity wave should not be confused with a gravitational wave which is caused by colliding black holes as witnessed last year. A gravity wave is more common and has been observed by many and is produced when an atmosphere or water body is disturbed.
As gravity attempts to restore normalcy, it overshoots creating a wave effect.
The Thick cloud of sulphuric acid seen on Venus is rotating faster than the planet itself, thus causing the ripple like the effect of the gravity wave look.
Researchers at Rikkyo University in Tokyo have studied the bow shaped patch since it was spotted in December.
"The bow is a pair of high and low-temperature regions, of which amplitude is about 5km, extending from the northern high latitudes across the equator to the southern high latitudes with an end-to-end length of 10,000 km or longer," lead author Makoto Taguchi told MailOnline.
The wave is positioned in a continent-sized rugged highland called the Aphrodite Terra, but what is surprising researchers is that the wave can easily travel into the upper cloud layers from the lower layers. This is the point when the phenomenon looks more complicated than what meets the eye.