Planetary Scientists Suggest Venus Once Had an Ocean

Venus pic

Venus
Image: nasa.gov

An enthusiastic traveler with experience as a volunteer, Valerie Varnuska pursues a wide range of hobbies and interests in Westbury, NY. Among the interests that Valerie Varnuska pursues is astronomy, the area of science related to outer space and celestial objects.

In August 2017, an article on the Science News Magazine website revealed that researchers had discovered evidence that an ocean may have once existed on Venus. New research suggests that, despite having an atmosphere that is characterized by extreme heat, carbon dioxide, and large clouds of sulfuric acid, the planet may have had the potential to support life.

In order for a planet to support the kind of life that humans are familiar with, scientists state that it must have a solid surface upon which a stable liquid can form and ideal conditions with respect to temperature and atmospheric pressure. Because of Venus’ slow rate of rotation at 116 Earth days, scientists suggest that the temperature and pressure could have been right for the formation of an ocean around 715 million years ago. This news comes more than two years after researchers discovered evidence of a large ocean on Mars that may have spanned a fifth of the red planet’s surface.

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