[PPS06-P11] Frequent appearance of large stationary gravity waves in Venus atmosphere
Keywords:Venus, Gravity waves, Akatsuki, LIR
For more than one Earth year observation of Akatsuki since the VOI-R, the huge stationary gravity wave features have frequently confirmed in LIR images. Almost every timing when a high altitude mountain is in afternoon region of Venus, a huge stationary wave pattern appears and becomes more clear when the mountain approaches the evening terminator (i.e. local time = 18 hours). The wave features have been confirmed above not only Aphrodite Terra region, but also Maat Mon, Thea Mon, and other mountain peak locations. On the other hand, when the high mountains were located around morning, the large features have not been observed (disappeared), indicating the local time dependency of the appearance. Especially for Maat Mon, which locates nearby the Equator and 200°E region, we confirmed that the large-scale feature clearly appeared every one solar day of Venus (= ~117 Earth days), and the feature shape was almost same in every appearance. These evidences suggest existence of "daily" phenomena in Venus atmoshpere. The observation results from LIR support a high altitude mountain in Venus can cause the stationary large scale features. The local time dependency indicates solar heating or solar fixed atmospheric may couse the large scale features.