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Massive atmospheric wave on Venus could explain the planet's weird rotation

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"In the past we had different estimates of the rotation rates, but something that was a bit strange was that you had different measurements that did not match," says Thomas Navarro, a postdoctoral researcher at UCLA and lead author of the paper. "One possibility was that there were fluctuations in the rotation rate. We suspected for a long time the atmosphere to be one of the reasons explaining the change in the rotation rate. However we did not know exactly by what kind of process it would happen. Here, with mountain waves, we provide one explanation."

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