Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Lightning on Venus

ESA image
The European Space Agency has confirmed the presence of lightning on Venus through its Venus Express Mission.
"In addition to all the pressure and heat, we can confirm there is lightning on Venus -- maybe even more activity than there is here on Earth," said Christopher Russell, a NASA-sponsored scientist on Venus Express from the University of California, Los Angeles, and lead author of one of the Nature papers. "Not a very good place to vacation, that is for sure." The discovery puts Venus in elite planetary company. Scientists currently know of only three other planetary bodies in the entire universe that generate lightning -- Earth, Jupiter and Saturn."

"ESA’s Venus Express has revealed Venus as never before. For the first time, scientists are able to investigate from the top of its atmosphere, down nearly to the surface. They have shown it to be a planet of surprises that may once have been more Earth-like, and still is, to a certain extent.


Dewdrop said...

So interesting...

Mike Wilhelm said...

Who would have thought? More lightning on Venus than in the Deep South. Don't go to Venus, Dew. You will spoil all of their fun!