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I've been researching, and Venus seems AWFUL. Is there anything good About Venus?
Question Date: 2015-09-09
Answer 1:

There are many things good about Venus!

Venus is very close to the same size as Earth in terms of mass (or weight) and volume (or shape)! This fact makes Venus very useful for comparing it to Earth. For example, Venus has similar amounts of certain elements (like carbon, C), which shows us that rocky planets (like Earth and Venus) are formed in chemically-similar ways.

The intense greenhouse effect on Venus makes its surface temperature very hot (around 850 degrees Fahrenheit). This is caused by tons of greenhouse gasses in Venus' atmosphere. Greenhouse effects are good because they provide a planet with the ability to support life on the surface. Without the greenhouse effect, Earth would be much colder than it is now, and living things would struggle to survive.

Too much greenhouse effect--like on Venus--however, is not helpful for life on a planet because it can get too hot. Living organisms cannot live in 850 degrees Fahrenheit! I'm glad we live on Earth instead, where the average surface temperature is much cooler (about 60 degrees F).


Answer 2:

Venus is definitely not a place for humans because of its very harsh environment. However, I would urge you to think of things like planets as neither good or bad, but simply as phenomena of the universe. Humans give things labels of "good" and "bad," which usually attach either some morality to them or express their usefulness (or lack of usefulness) to us as a species.

It's true that Venus is not particularly useful to humans, but it exists in our universe because of physical forces that assembled it long ago. We did not evolve to live in that environment (and to our knowledge, no life form has), so it's not suited for us. This doesn't make it bad or good but really just a separate, foreign world where we care not to visit.

We can, however, enjoy its beauty through a telescope and be fascinated by the physical forces that created it and the scientific tools that allow us to know what we know about it. Thanks for your question!


Answer 3:

Venus is a great planet!! It is very beautiful when it is lit up in the night sky. But you are right -- it is not a good place for people and plants to live because it is much closer to the sun than the earth is, so it's too hot for us to live there. But if you were a gas molecule on the surface of Venus, you'd never have to worry about being cold!


Answer 4:

Venus is very hostile. That doesn't mean bad, just that we couldn't live there.

Think about this: the sun is a lot more hostile even than Venus. Even if we could find a way to stay alive on Venus, we still couldn't live on the Sun. Yet, we couldn't live even on Earth if we didn't have the sun, right?


Answer 5:

Venus may seem like a harsh and awful place, but lucky for us, we don’t have to live there! Therefore, we can appreciate the planet from a scientific perspective.

Venus IS cool because it is the one of the brightest objects in the sky besides the moon! It can actually be seen during the day if you know where to look. Venus is actually very similar to Earth in its size and location near the sun. It also has mountains and continents just like Earth.

Venus is different from Earth in that it is much hotter, it is one of the hottest planets in our solar system reaching about 850 °F. So, Venus may seem awful if we as humans had to live on the planet, but since we don’t, it is nice to appreciate Venus for its unusual characteristics compared to other planets in our solar system.



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