Supercomputers are clearing up the Venus’ skies

The most precise version of the full-physics 3D model of the atmosphere of Venus gives insights into its highly unstable and largely unexplored outer layers, according to two new studies, each co-authored and led by researchers of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).

The air is rushing, faster than sound, 130 kilometres above the surface, blasting from the east, but is suddenly hampered at night fall, compressed into a shock. It could happen in the atmosphere of Venus, but is actually a days-long simulation running on supercomputers, in France, where it was initially developed, but also in Portugal, the United States and Canada.

Full details at IA’s press-release.

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