Lightning on Venus It’s rare if it exists

Lightning on Venus   

New study using Parker Solar Probe data suggests lightning is rare in Venus' atmosphere, if it happens at all.

Whistler Waves at Venus

During 2021 flyby, Parker Solar Probe picked up electromagnetic whistler waves in Venus' atmosphere. 

Whistlers 

On Earth, lightning strikes can produce whistler waves that propagate upward through the atmosphere.

Waves Moving Downward

Venus whistlers were moving downward, not expected behavior for lightning-generated waves.

Magnetic Reconnection

Parker data suggests magnetic reconnection distrubances created the Venus whistler waves.

Flybys

Upcoming Venus flybys by Parker Solar Probe can provide more conclusive lightning evidence.

Venus Insights

Though not a Venus mission, Parker has already expanded knowledge of the planet's atmosphere.

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