A mystery of Venus’ sulfur clouds may be solved with a new computer model

The day side of Venus covered in clouds as seen by Akatsuki

Scientists using new computational methods have shed new light on the potential workings of Venus’ complex atmosphere.

Venus is surrounded by thick clouds made up mostly of sulfuric acid. These clouds reflect most of the sunlight that shines on the planet, making it the brightest object in the sky after the sun and moon. However, spacecraft and Earth-based observations have also detected an unknown absorber of ultraviolet light present in the atmosphere.


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