NASA Magellan probe has been trying to explore the Venus surface for a long time now. Venus, astronomically speaking is a planet that is closer to the Sun than ours. This makes the planet super hot. However, there is another reason why this planet is considered unsuitable for being a host to any kind of living organism. It is the presence of numerous active volcanoes which heat up the surface temperature of the planet.
The NASA probe has been able to capture more than a dozen hot spots on the surface of the planet. This makes a lot of the people on Earth compare it as the hell version of our planet. In addition to the toxic nature of the atmosphere along with the lead-melting temperatures, the second closest planet to the sun is home to around a few dozen active volcanoes.
Venus might not be as dormant as once thought – scientists have identified 37 likely volcanic structures on the planet that appear to have been recently active – and might still be. #Geology #Astronomy https://t.co/3fnm2We48J
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NASA spots 37 active volcanoes in Venus
This is the first time the scientists were able to pinpoint the location of the specific heat points on the surface of Venus. To their surprise these were not some ancient dormant volcanoes, rather all of these are active volcanoes spewing magma even today. Laurent Montési, a geology professor at the University of Maryland says that this study significantly changes the viewpoint of Venus from a mostly inactive planet to one whose interior is boiling constantly and can feed numerous active volcanoes.
Montesi is the co-author of the new research published in the Nature Geoscience journal. The research paper properly identifies and addresses each one of the 37 active volcanoes on Venus. The planet is very different from that of ours as it does not even generate its own magnetic field internally. The active volcanoes make changes in the EMI value constantly and this is also the reason why many satellites lose connection while visiting the outer orbit of Venus.
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