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Strange Lights on Venus

14 September 2023
Astronomy, Electromagnetism

At https://phys.org/news/2023-09-venusian-atmosphere-meteors-lightning.html … planetary scientists are suggesting that  periodic flashes of light in the atmosphere of Venus, picked by  spacecraft and probes, may not come from lightning – but from meteors. For a long time it has been thought that lightning was occurring – just as it does in earth’s atmosphere. It was supported by the detection of electro-magnetic static. This occurs in thunderstorms on our planet, so it was a good guess. However, it has now been calculated that it could, instead, be meteors falling into the atmosphere of Venus. Shooting stars are a common phenomenon on earth, too. This came about as some astronomers were somewhat suspicious that the bursts of static did not, very often, occur at the same time as the flashes of light. What else might be happening? Shooting stars it would seem, occur at a rate of 10,000 to 100,000 per year. Is this feasible? It seems it is.

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