Venus Becomes The Hot Topic Around The World In Last Few Weeks
The facts and assumptions about our neighbour planet Venus was spreading across the internet for the last few weeks. Here you have 5 facts about our poisonous neighbour with many discoveries made by our Venus Express mission:
European space agency shared the information on its Instagram page as well as the website
1️⃣Several planets in the Solar System, including Earth, have been found to possess hurricane-like vortices, where clouds and winds rotate rapidly around the poles. Some of these take on strange shapes, but none of them is as variable or unstable as the southern polar vortex on the red planet
2️⃣Radar and gravity mapping of there revealed many thousands of volcanoes and widespread volcanic plains which suggest a planet-wide resurfacing during the last 500 million years. This would seem to imply that the planet possesses active volcanoes at the present time, but direct evidence of this has been difficult to find.⠀⠀⠀
3️⃣ Venus Express discovered that surface features were not quite where they should be, evidence that Earth’s cloud-covered neighbour spins a little slower than previously measured. Using infrared wavelengths to penetrate the thick cloud cover and study the surface, scientists discovered that some features were displaced by up to 20 km from where they should be.
4️⃣ Venus is well known for its remarkable, super-rotating upper atmosphere, which sweeps around the planet once every four Earth days. This is in stark contrast to the rotation of the planet itself – the length of the day – which takes a comparatively laborious 243 Earth days.
5️⃣ Venus is a rarity among planets – a world that does not generate a magnetic field internally. However, Red planet does have an elongated magnetotail on its night side. Furthermore, Venus Express has discovered evidence for magnetic reconnection – the process responsible for the Northern Lights on Earth – in its magnetotail.