Mysterious 6,000-mile-long wave discovered in Venus' atmosphere

Venus is one seriously hot planet, but it appears that is not its only claim to fame.

It also holds the title of producing one of the largest waves ever observed in our solar system, reports The Guardian.

Measuring some 6,000 miles long, the atmospheric phenomenon was detected and imaged by Japan's Akatsuki satellite, which was launched in 2010.

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This particular observation was made in December of 2015, notes PBS.

Researchers are unsure of exactly what the disturbance is or how it came into being, but believe its creation involved gravity waves attempting to cross atop very tall mountains.

Its formation likely began in a lower atmospheric region and, over time, rose to the upper portion.

The team also suspects the wave wielded enough power to have a significant impact on the planet's overall climate.

Further study involving additional imaging data, vertical temperature assessments, and computer simulations is planned, notes WIRED.