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Scientists: Venus probably home to active volcanos

by Brandon Russell | June 20, 2015

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Venus isn’t a place you’d ever want to visit. With an average surface temperature of about 863-degrees, it’s obviously too hot for mortals like us to inhabit. And even if we tried, the planet’s volcanos would make settling down quite difficult. Wait, volcanos?

A team of scientists this week found evidence that the planet is spewing liquid hot magma in some areas, with surface temperatures reaching upwards of 1,500-degrees. I’m sorry, but I get cranky when temperatures pass the 75-degree mark. I’ve crossed Venus off my bucket list.

“We have now seen several events where a spot on the surface suddenly gets much hotter, and then cools down again,” said Eugene Shalygin, lead author of the study.

The temperature spikes were actually pretty easy to spot. While culling through data, the scientists noticed a handful of hotspots where lava is either flowing or being ejected onto the surface. Scientists have suspected for a while that volcanos may exist on Venus—the second planet from the sun in our solar system—and this latest data leaves little doubt.

If true, the activity puts Venus in a small group of objects in the solar system scientists believe contain active volcanos. Earth is one; Jupiter, which seems like a cesspool of inclement weather, is another planet with activity. Just put Jupiter and Venus on the list of places never to visit. Like Las Vegas. I imagine these volcanos would look a bit like visiting Mount Doom.

Suddenly the desolation of occupying Mars doesn’t seem so bad.


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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...


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