Scientists May Have Found Out Why Venus is so Hot

Posted by on Wednesday, November 9, 2016
A false-colour image of Venus: ribbons of lighter colour stretch haphazardly across the surface. Plainer areas of more even colouration lie between.

Scientists think that they have found a clue in understanding of Venus' fast greenhouse effect.

Researchers have never been able to determine what is causing the greenhouse effect on Venus to be so rapid.

Now a rare molecule may be the cause. The climate on Venus is known to be unpleasant -- at the surface, the planet roasts at more than 400°C under a suffocating blanket of sulfuric acid clouds.

The rare molecule that think exists absorbs high amount of UV light and traps it on the planet.



The Team

© Wx Centre