Venus

The solar system containing earth hosts 7 other planets as well. One of these planets includes Venus. This planet is in fact second closest to sun and located between two other planets (Earth and Mercury). It is similar in size to Earth but lacks inhabitants due to its extreme temperature. The temperature of the planet can reach up to 484 degrees Celsius on the side facing the sun. Theoretically, this is hot enough to melt a cannonball made of lead. It is covered with thick clouds which enable heat retention, thus causing surface temperature to increase tremendously. It appears to be bright when viewed from Earth because the clouds reflect sunlight. It is perceived to be the brightest object in the solar system besides sun and the moon. It cannot be seen during midnight but appears in the east during sunrise and west during sunset.

Planet Venus has several dormant volcanoes. Prior volcano eruptions caused lava to cover a large portion of the surface area. Its surface composed of dusty, waterless expanse of mountains and plains. The most unusual thing about this planet is that it rotates in a direction opposite of other planets. The slow spinning during orbit around sun creates the effect of a long day (a day in this planet equals to 243 earth days). This is even longer than its year of 225 days. If you are to weigh an object in Venus, it would measure close to Earth readings. As mentioned earlier, thick clouds form the atmospheric system of this planet. Due to this scientists find it difficult to penetrate and explore the planet in detail. It is also often perceived to be the “twin sister” of Earth due to their similarities in a few aspects.

Given its close proximity to Earth, Planet Venus undoubtedly share similar characteristics and conditions to our planet and could have been a suitable environment for sustaining life. However, it has undergone substantial changes within the past millions of years which led to its fiery existence. Its similarities to planet Earth are numbered.

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