Venus

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Venus: Earth-Sized

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:43 am

If the sun were as tall as a typical front door, the Earth and Venus would each be about the size of a nickel.
Source: NASA
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Venus: Second Rock

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:44 am

Venus orbits our Sun, a star. Venus is the second closest planet to the sun at a distance of about 67 million miles (108 million km).
Source: NASA
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Venus: A Day Longer Than a Year

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:46 am

One day on Venus lasts 243 Earth days because Venus spins backwards, with its sun rising in the west and setting in the east.
Source: NASA
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Venus: Diverse Terrain

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:48 am

Venus' solid surface is a volcanic landscape covered with extensive plains featuring high volcanic mountains and vast ridged plateaus.
Source: NASA
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Venus: Moonless and Ringless

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:50 am

Venus has no moons and no rings.
Source: NASA
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Venus: Greenhouse Effect

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:51 am

The planet’s surface temperature is about 900 degrees Fahrenheit (465 degrees Celsius)—hot enough to melt lead.
Source: NASA
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Venus: Water on Venus

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:52 am

Many scientists believe water once existed on the surface. Future Venus explorers will search for evidence of an ancient ocean.
Source: NASA
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Venus: Many Visitors

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:53 am

More than 40 spacecraft have explored Venus. The ‘90s Magellan mission mapped the planet's surface and Akatsuki is currently orbiting Venus.
Source: NASA
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Venus: Life on Venus

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:54 am

Venus’ extreme temperatures and acidic clouds make it an unlikely place for life as we know it.
Source: NASA
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Super Rotating Atmosphere

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:55 am

While the surface rotates slowly, the winds blow at hurricane force, sending clouds completely around the planet every five days.
Source: NASA
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Re: Venus

Post by Forrest White » Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:41 am

Traces of phosphine have been found in the atmosphere of Venus. It is a potential biomarker https://bit.ly/3wHXTWg