P3_2 Can it Ever Rain on Venus?

Pok Fong, Mikey Hawkins, Lilli Helps, Emily Lear, Jacob James Ishmael Selby


Venus is well known to be an extremely hot planet where rain does not fall. We investigated whether there were regions where liquid water could form in Venus’ atmosphere, which was found to be between 40 km and 60 km. We then calculated how long it would take a raindrop to fall from this region, by finding its terminal velocity. It was found that it would take at least 3.4 hrs for rain to fall, enough time for any raindrop to reach boiling point.

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