Heavy metal Venus

Allan Treiman and Elise Harrington of Simon Fraser University, in British Columbia, Canada have taken a close look at the bright patches and dark spots revealed by radar scans of the surface of the planet Venus to reveal that this local heavenly body may well experience heavy metal frost. The surface of Venus is at approximately 500 Celsius and has an atmospheric pressure 90 times that measured at sea level on Earth. Astronomers had suggested that a ferro-electric compound might give rise to the brightening and the dark spots, but so far no specific compound has been identified which has the requisite properties.