Sun  Planets and Moons  ID: 4704

Venus Dust Ring

This visualization displays a simulation of a ring of dust at the orbit of the planet Venus. The dust simulation consists of several million particles subjected to forces of gravity, radiation pressure, radiation drag, and solar wind drag from the Sun.
Multiple sources were considered for the dust - Jupiter family comets, main belt asteroids, Oort cloud comets and others. The source most consistent with the observed enhancement were a population of asteroids in the same orbit as Venus.

Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Visualizer
Petr Pokorny (Catholic University of America): Scientist
Kathalina Tran (SGT): Lead Writer
Marc Kuchner (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems Inc.): Technical Support
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems Inc.): Technical Support
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Data Used:
DE 431
JPL/Horizon Orbital Ephemerides
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