Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Venus, the goddess of love.

Lonely Venus image source

Venus is the second brightest object in the night sky being outshone by the moon only. The planet is also the second planet out from the sun and is also very close in size to Earth. The atmosphere of Venus is, would you believe, Sulfuric acid. I'm not sure I would want to go sky diving there. Sulfuric acid is the stuff they put in your car battery, yuk! 
You may also know Venus as the evening star but it is also known as the morning star. I think that has something to do with Venus' orbital speed. It's the hottest planet in our solar system with temperatures at about 465 degrees centigrade, water boils at 100 degrees.

Venus is also a lonely little planet not having any companion moons but because of the extremely high temperatures and caustic atmosphere bringing her help in the form of human space craft doesn't really work. Anything that lands on Venus only lasts for a few hours before being destroyed.
In the Bible the planet was known as the Queen of Heaven and in the book of Jeremiah the Israelites Become defiant and say they will still pour out drink offerings to the queen of heaven. Well we know very well what happened next. Not a good idea.
Blessings from South Africa, Geoff.  

1 comment:

  1. I was feeling sorry for Venus until you said I would be destroyed within a couple of hours. :) Not friendly at all. That would be an odd death for sure, seeing that I don't normally visit Venus.

    Nice to meet you at the A-Z. Thanks for visiting!