Japanese probe saw a giant wave in the atmosphere of Venus
ProbeAkatsukifixed on venuswave length of more than 10 000 km, which stretches from one pole of the "morning star" to the other and slowly moves through the air layer at an altitude of 65 km.
The Japanese spacecraft began exploring Venus in 2015. His mission was to start five years earlier, but he flew past the desired planet due to engine problems. Having described a circle past the Sun, he returned to Venus and transmitted the first images to Earth.
The Venusian atmosphere rotates 60 times faster than the planet itself, which creates superpowering whirlwinds moving at speeds of up to 500 km / h. Venus is the hottest in the Solar System because of the greenhouse effect, heating its atmosphere to +460 ° C (Mercury, which is much closer to the Sun, cooler - +427 ° C).
Scientists believe that a giant atmospheric wave was caused just by the whirlwinds that crashed into the Aphrodite mountain range at a height of 4,500 m, located at the equator.