Morphology and dynamics of Venus's middle clouds with Akatsuki/IR1

  title={Morphology and dynamics of Venus's middle clouds with Akatsuki/IR1},
  author={J. Peralta and N. Iwagami and S'anchez-Lavega and Y. J. Lee and R. Hueso and M. Narita and T. Imamura and P. Miles and A. Wesley and E. Kardasis and S. Takagi},
  journal={arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics},
The Venusian atmosphere is covered by clouds with super-rotating winds whose accelerating mechanism is still not well understood. The fastest winds, occurring at the cloud tops ($\sim$70 km height), have been studied for decades thanks to their visual contrast in dayside ultraviolet images. The middle clouds ($\sim$50-55 km) can be observed at near-infrared wavelengths (800-950 nm), although with very low contrast. Here we present the first extensive analysis of their morphology and motions at… Expand

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