Venus, The First Planet

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Register to read the introduction… “Named for the Roman goddess of love and beauty, Venus is also the only planet that is named for a female.” ("Venus, Second Planet from the Sun, Brightest Planet in Solar System." Space.com. Web. 30 Apr. 2014) Venus has fewer impact craters than any other planet. Also unlike most planets, Venus turns clockwise on its axis, as opposed to counter-clockwise. This is called retrograde rotation. It is said that this is because of their close position to the Sun. Appearing to be a nice golden color, the pictures we see of Venus is actually showing the clouds that are filled with sulfuric acid, making its atmosphere cloudy and dense. A year on Venus last 225 Earth days and a day lasts 243 Earth days. This means that it takes longer for Venus to spin on its axis, than it does for it to orbit the Sun. Another interesting thing about Venus is that its orbit is most nearly circular than any other planet, at a speed of 108, 209, 475 kilometers. The diameter is also almost nearly circular. Scientists think that the runaway greenhouse effect that Venus is impacted by boiled away its oceans long ago, but it is still known for indications of volcanic activity, which probably stopped many years …show more content…
Scientists believe that at one time Venus had a moon. They believe that it was “slammed” early, and a piece of it was possibly a moon that drifted away. However, Venus does interact with our moon. Venus appears to be nearby our moon in the night sky and is the brightest object in the night sky besides our moon. It’s so bright that it’s known as the “Morning Star” and “Evening Star”, because it can be seen at night and occasionally during the day. It also interacts with Earth a good bit. It comes closer to Earth than any other planet, and can be seen from Earth, which is probably because the Sun’s reflection on parts of …show more content…
With an average temperature of 864 degrees Fahrenheit, it is about fifteen times hotter than Earth. Not only that, but the harsh condition of its atmosphere which is ninety-two that of Earth, and full of sulfuric acid and carbon dioxide, make human life virtually impossible. However, some researchers believe some sort of life may be somehow possible. The surface of Venus is extremely dry, according to radar maps, but there is a possibility of small sulfur lakes and rivers so shallow, they have been missed. If there was life on Venus, it would definitely not be humans. Life would have to be something heavier, more durable, and used to living under an extremely hot pressure. Scientists also seem to believe that life may have existed on Venus more than a million years ago. There has not been any sign of water on Venus for about 600 million years, and they believe this is caused by the runaway greenhouse effect that makes the planet so hot and humid. Before the runaway greenhouse effect took over Venus, there was a possibility of oceans and cloud filled with water vapor. Because it has been so long since water possibly existed, Venus is the now a dry, hot planet and Earth’s harsh sister

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