Scattering Properties of the Venusian Clouds Observed by the UV Imager on board Akatsuki

Y. J. Lee, A. Yamazaki, T. Imamura, M. Yamada, S. Watanabe, T. M. Sato, K. Ogohara, G. L. Hashimoto, S. Murakami

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We analyze the albedo of Venus obtained from the UV Imager on board Akatsuki. A relative global mean albedo over phase angle is used in this study, and we confirm the glory feature at 283 and 365 nm in the data acquired in 2016 May. We successfully simulate the observation using a radiative transfer model. Our results show that cloud aerosols of μm and (mode 2) can explain the glory, consistent with a property of aerosols previously suggested by using the Venus Monitoring Camera on board Venus Express. We find that SO2 and the unknown UV absorber are necessary factors to explain the decreasing trend of the observed relative albedo at phase angles larger than 10°. We suggest a range of possible SO2 abundance from 80 to 400 ppbv at the cloud top level, depending on atmospheric conditions assumed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number44
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017


  • planets and satellites: atmospheres
  • ultraviolet: planetary systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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