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Figure 1: (left) the lower clouds of Venus observed with the Akatsuki IR2 camera (after edge-emphasis process). The bright parts show where the cloud cover is thin. You can see the planetary-scale streak structure within the yellow dotted lines. (right) The planetary-scale streak structure reconstructed by AFES-Venus simulations. The bright parts show a strong downflow. (Partial editing of image in the Nature Communications paper. CC BY 4.0)

Giant pattern discovered in the clouds of planet Venus

Venus is frequently called Earth's twin in light of their comparable size and gravity, yet the atmosphere on Venus is altogether different. Venus pivots...