Facts about the planet Venus
Venus the planet, at a distance of 108,208,000 km, is the nearest to the sun after its neighbor planet mercury. Planet Venus is similar to Earth in terms of its size and mass.
Unlike Mercury, it has a thick shield of atmosphere containing carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide gases, which hampers scientists’ efforts to discover its geographical details or extract other Venus information through, earth based telescopes, or nearer scientific probes orbiting it.
It was much later that scientific probes got advanced enough, landing on the venus surface and emitting back strong electromagnetic signals containing know how of the inner conditions.
Like it’s neighbor, Mercury, there are no Venus moons either!.
planet Venus atmosphere is composed of 80% carbon dioxide gas, much greater than any other planet in the solar system, which makes it the hottest land among all its counterparts with a mean venus temperature of 460 degree centigrade.
Carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide clouds traps the solar heat, which otherwise would have radiated out of the planet Venus at nights, causing temperatures to soar up.
Mercury, though being the closest to the sun, is less hot than Venus, because its lack of atmospheric shield ensures its warmth reduction at nights.
The planet Venus can be seen with a naked eye either at dawn or dusk, thanks to it’s highly reflecting atmosphere which reflects the visible light.
Being an inferior planet of Earth- inferior means one which is nearer to the Sun than Earth- planet Venus takes just 224 Earth days to circle around the host star against earth’s 356 days, while it takes 243 earth days to spin around its axis. Incredibly, it means, planet Venus day and night cycle is longer than its year!
Unlike Earth, it is not significantly tilted about its axis, which means seasonal temperature ups and down do not occur.
Gravitational force on its surface is 90% that of Earth. A person there will lose his weight without even dieting.
Interesting facts about Venus include ; All planets revolve counter clock wise about its axis but planet Venus rotation is in a clockwise fashion. It means a person there would notice the sun rising from the west and setting to the east!
Its next to impossible for humans to live there as planet Venus has no water reserves. Water resources dried up millions of years ago due to green-house heating effect. Furthermore planet Venus atmosphere has no oxygen and has 100th times the surface pressure than on Earth. Such high pressures can damage human ear drums and other body parts!
Chemically, planet Venus core and mantle is composed of the same elements as that on other terrestrial planets but unlike earth it has much larger concentrations of volcanoes.
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