I bet few of us know that MORE missions/satellites/projects have focused around getting data on the brightly shining Venusian system than have been done/funded for the many other planets and stars we here about regularly. Yes – Venus has had over 40 ‘mission’s in the post-WW2 era – despite the fact we’re told by NASA, Russia, the ESA, India etc – that it;s hardly worth a mention compared to Mars, Mars, Mars and ooh – the Moon – and Phobos… oops that’s linked to Mars again.
Now this is only a red flag if you’ve been a vast reader of astonishing, interesting and downright trashy cases mentioning Venus that are found in the so called ‘Space Brothers’ era of the 1950s onwards…. essentially a reaction [in Exopolitical terms] to our careless use of atomic matches resulting in not only Hiroshima – but also an atmosphere loaded with such radioactivity from Cold War penis showdowns in the 60s and 80s – that you may not read about it in the tabloids – but certain, regular aircraft flights have to switch cabin crews due to illness – ie: hair loss from upper atmosphere toxicity.
Russian astronomer Vladimir Krasnopolsky has demonstrated that the dark patterns on Venus that were first observed in the 1920s in ultraviolet light are not a result of sulfur-rich particles in the planet’s atmosphere, as previously thought.
The cloud cover of Venus appears to be featureless except when viewed in ultraviolet light, which reveals structure and patterns to the clouds, including global-scale V-shaped bands that open toward the west.
These dark areas have been observed since 1929, and in 2008 scientists published a study which found them to be comprised of solid particles or liquid droplets that get transported from deep in the atmosphere up to the planet’s cloud tops.
However, the composition of the particles making up the dark areas has remained a mystery to astronomers, and recent research from Russian astronomer Vladimir Krasnopolsky has shown that one of the most popular theories is wide of the mark.
“Somewhere in the highest level of the clouds there is a substance that is absorbing ultraviolet rays. Over the past 30 years many different theories have been put forward as to what it could be,”
….Krasnopolsky explained in a press release from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
“Many scientists thought that sulfur particles are responsible, but now we have to discount this hypothesis,” he said.
Krasnopolsky first cast doubt on that thesis in 1986, when he demonstrated that there are not enough sulfur aerosols (sulfur-rich particles) in Venus’ atmosphere to explain the existence of the dark bands.
In his latest research, published in the journal Icarus, the scientist presents a photochemical model for the formation of sulfur particles in the clouds of Venus.
His research models the breakdown of sulfur compounds when they absorb light, and the changing concentrations of sulfur compounds at different levels of the planet’s atmosphere. Krasnopolsky found that sulfur aerosols are mainly found in the lower level of the atmosphere, invisible from space, where they only constitute ten percent of the lower cloud layer.
“Sulfur aerosol cannot be the near UV absorber because its abundance is too low at the cloud tops and disagrees with the profile of the absorber observed by Venera 14,” he wrote in the paper
Venera 14 was a Soviet space probe which landed on Venus in 1982, taking measurements from orbit and images of the planet’s surface.
Rather than sulphur, the main absorber of the near-ultraviolet light may be ferric chloride, which was detected in the atmosphere of Venus by the Venera 12 probe.
In 1981 scientists from the Space Research Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences estimated the properties of a mixture of sulfuric acid and ferric chloride, and Krasnopolsky believes this may hold the key to the mystery, RIA Novosti reported.
“This allows us to consider a mixture of sulphuric acid and ferric chloride as the main contender for the role of a mysterious ultraviolet absorber,” he said.
Note from David Griffin: The UV range of colour has been linked to many areas of transformation – whether with “visual language” between Shamans’ in the Amazon or on a technological level as a substance we’ve [our small group of 5 years] termed ‘Formatta’ – which can be seen as a communication or ‘state change’ medium in many events we’d call “paranormal” – but much of this is simply new science. Thus it’s been suggested that some planets can look [all we have to go on is someone else’s camera/satellite!] totally uninhabitable – but a ‘phase shift’ of some form means a totally different environment is existing alongside the “dead” remnants we see so often on our “science” TV programmes.
- Update Due – Spring 2018