Venus: Crash Course Astronomy #14

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Venus is a gorgeous naked-eye planet, hanging like a diamond in the twilight — but it’s beauty is best looked at from afar. Even though Mercury is closer to the sun, Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system, due to a runaway greenhouse effect, and has the most volcanic activity in the solar system. Its north and south poles were flipped, causing it to rotate backwards and making for very strange days on this beautiful but inhospitable world.

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Table of Contents
Venus’s Size and Atmosphere 3:09
Hottest Planet in the Solar System 4:04
Slow Clockwise Rotation 6:02
Tremendous Volcanic Activity 8:31

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Naked-eye Venus photo taken by Phil Plait
Phases of Venus [credit: Wikimedia Commons]
2012 Venus Transit [credit: NASA]
Black drop effect in 2004 [credit: Vesta]
Venus Transit [credit: JAXA/NASA/Lockheed Martin]
Venus in real colors [credit: NASA]
Earth [credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Image by Reto Stöckli]
Venus [credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Magellan Project]
Atmospheric Drag on Venus [credit: NASA]
Lakshmi Planum and Maxwell Montes [credit: NASA/JPL]
Artist’s impression of the surface of Venus [credit: ESA]
Venera Images [credit: Ted Stryk]
Venus Globe [credit: NASA]
Impact craters on the surface of Venus [credit: Wikimedia Commons]
Idunn Mons [credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA]
Pancake Volcanoes [credit: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory]


S.A. B says:

i dont think it was a runaway greenhouse that made venus like that: it was always in a position to evaporate its liquids. its probably always had an atmosphere like that.

Thomas Chase says:

It's all that red and pink floral wall paper and upholstery on the furniture that makes me cringe whenever I venture to close.

Snow Pearl says:

so basically Venus is a girl on her period

Ciara Green says:

u help me so much

Fatheha Bibi says:

yikes I love that (:

Fatheha Bibi says:

yikes I love that

Sumitra Mozumder says:

if the sun become more hot then the seas of earth e
will also evaporate?

Ethan Sun says:

Guys just 100 more years, I can't wait!

Nathanial Kirklin says:

I don't get it what was the joke that was so offensive

bill smith says:

the reason Venus does not have a magnetic field for the same reason that the earth does

Cats InBox says:

that surface actully looks really cool

well not literally cool though

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