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Venus puts on variety show among its cloud-tops

19 Sep 2019, 12:08 UTC
Venus puts on variety show among its cloud-tops JAXA

Studies of the cloud-tops of Venus by JAXA’s Akatsuki spacecraft show striking variety in wind speeds year-on-year and between the planet’s northern and southern hemispheres. The first fine-scale observations of cloud-top temperatures have also revealed a tendency for clouds to converge towards the equator at night, in contrast to poleward circulation seen previously in daytime studies. 

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