Venus | © NASA
Space scientists are acutely aware of what can happen when climates change in other parts of our solar system. Take Venus, where it rains sulfuric acid and is 900°F on the surface, but it wasn’t always that way. Astrophysicist Michelle Thaller talks with a NASA expert on Venus about how it became a hellscape. And she talks with the Library of Congress’ inaugural chair of astrobiology about how to grasp this new geologic era where humans cause rapid change.
- It takes longer for Venus to rotate once on its axis than it does to make one trip around the sun. Meaning that Venus’ days are longer than its years.
- After the moon, Venus is the brightest natural object in the sky.
- It rains sulphuric acid on Venus.
- Venus’ atmospheric pressure is 92 times what it is on Earth, which is enough to crush a human flat.
- Surface temperatures on Venus can get up to 880 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Venus boasts tens of thousands of volcanoes on its surface.
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