Venus Could See Length Of Day Change Due To Weather Phenomenon

Venus has a rather unusual spin and so time itself on the planet, the closest neighbour to Earth is rather odd. As a result of their exposure to the duration of the Venusian day, may increase at 2 minutes in 243 earth days. But the more scientists observe it, the more surprises the second planet from the Sun throws at us.

Venus's atmosphere, however, rotates around 60 times faster than the planet itself, making a full turn once every four days. It seems that an interaction between the planet's mountains and its atmosphere could create waves strong enough to change the length of a Venusian day by up to two minutes.

According to Cosmos, the phenomenon observed by the researchers is similar to what we see when winds crash against our planet's mountains, thereby changing Earth's spin. After adding in all known ingredients in Venus's atmosphere and accounting for the planet's size and density, they finished by adding mountains on the surface. The latest study revealed that this formation is, in fact, a "gravity wave" triggered by the connection between the speedy winds and the Venusian mountains.

This insane motion results in winds of up to 400 kilometres per hour (around 250 miles per hour).

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has a spacecraft orbiting Venus called Akatsuki.

Venus is more similar to Earth than scientists initially assumed, with its dense atmosphere saturated by carbon dioxide and its size which is nearly identical to that of our planet.

There are other things we don't know about Venus, too, which we could learn by figuring out the precise length of a Venusian day, according to the team. It's already made some important observations, like an enormous atmospheric anomaly, a bow-like structure in the planet's clouds that appears not to move despite the fast winds below.

Gravitational waves have also been able to spin the planet due to atmospheric pressure variations that they generate. On Venus there are no major mountains, and the wave found the Japanese automatic station is not going to disappear, and to this day, which has forced scientists to wonder what it could be. Further studying these waves and how they affect Venus could help scientists better understand its interior, as well as its odd atmosphere.

Navarro and his colleagues found that gave rise to such discrepancies in the measurements of probe, studying another curious mystery of Venus - the mysterious "standing wave" with a length of 10 thousand kilometers, open probe "akatsuki" immediately after his arrival at the orbit of Venus in early 2016.

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