Long-term studies of the atmosphere of Venus by ESA’s Venus Express find that the average wind speeds at low latitudes (between the equator and 50º north or south) have increased from roughly 300 km/h to 400 km/h over the first six years of the mission.
In this graph, the white line shows the data derived from manual cloud tracking, and the black line is from digital tracking methods.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.