Japan’s space agency catches giant ‘poisonous’ tsunami racing in Venus at 200 mph

A never before seen event in the solar system has seen a huge wave of toxic gas across Venus.

The planet-wide cloud is traveling at a speed of 200 mph through Venus’s upper atmosphere and has been hidden from plain sight for 35 years.

Described as an “atmospheric disruption” by the international team that discovered it, the wave spans 4,660 miles.

This is around 61,000 football pitches – or long enough to engage the width of the UK at its widest point in the hellish fog of acidic gas.

Scientists from Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences in Portugal, Drs. Pedro Machado said, “If it happened on Earth, it would be a frontal surface on the planet’s scale.”

“this is incredible.”

Venus is believed to have once been a habitable world like the Earth but is now hostile to life in the form of planets.

A large-scale greenhouse effect due to rotating sulfuric acid clouds has raised its surface temperature to 465C (869F) – hot enough to melt lead.

A huge wave of poison gas (inset) was seen on Venus.
A huge wave of poison gas (inset) was seen on Venus.Javier Peralta / Jaxa-Planet Sea Team

Venus’s cloud atmosphere and high winds are known to create huge waves of gas, but none are so.

The researchers discovered the strange anomaly between 2016 and 2018 after studying infrared images taken by Japanese Venus orbiter Akatsuki.

The cloud wall sits about 31 miles above the surface of Venus and has flowed to the planet every five days since at least 1983.

This is a phenomenon not seen anywhere else in the solar system, as it is the first of its kind that can be seen at such a low altitude.

The research team, led by Japanese space agency JAXA, feel that the gas waves can help solve the mysteries surrounding Venus’s mysterious greenhouse effect.

It was found in the area responsible for the impact and may help experts understand how the planet’s surface connects to its turbulent atmosphere.

Jaxa’s scientist Dr. Javier Peralta said, “Since the disintegration cannot be seen in the ultraviolet images at the top of the clouds at an altitude of about 70 kilometers (43 mi), the nature of its wave is important.”

“We would have finally got a wave transport and energy from the deep atmosphere and started spreading before the clouds reached the top.

“Therefore, it can accumulate accurately at the level where we observe the fastest winds of Venus’s so-called atmospheric super-winding, whose mechanisms have long been a mystery.”

Scientists still do not know what mechanisms are responsible for the cloud wave.

More comments are underway in an attempt to shed more light on the mysterious incident.

The research has been published in Geophysical Research Letters.


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