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Venus’ extreme surface heat drives swirling winds in upper atmosphere, study finds

The surface of Venus, as imaged by NASA’s Magellan spacecraft. (Image credit: NASA/JPL)

Scientists have shown how the swirling winds and searing heat on Venus work together in a revealing new study.

The surface of Venus is hot enough to melt lead with temperatures averaging 872 degrees Fahrenheit (467 degrees Celsius). This extreme heat is maintained by a thick atmosphere of carbon dioxide that traps the heat on the planet in a greenhouse effect. This atmosphere also sports acid sulfuric clouds and a perpetual, swirling windstorm. In a new study, researchers reveal new insights into this planet’s strange wind and heat.

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