Night Vision: Venus

Paul Gibbs

Venus, the second planet from the Sun, is sometimes referred to as our sister planet, due to its similarity in size and density to Earth. But in many important respects, this inhospitable planet is nothing like the planet we call home.

VenusNamed for the Roman goddess of love and beauty, Venus features the hottest temperatures of any planet in our solar system, an atmospheric pressure 92 times that of Earth, and thick clouds of sulfuric acid.

Mars, our other closest neighbor, has been extensively explored by rovers, but Venus is a much more challenging adventure. In the 1960s, the Soviet Venera probes lasted only a short time under the intense heat and pressure found on the planet. More recent missions, like the Cassini flyby, and the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Venus Express orbiter, have allowed us to take another look, albeit from a distance.

In this week’s Night Vision presentation, we’ll learn about the planet Venus, its differences from and similarities to Earth, the history of its observation in the night sky and its exploration by robot probes, and potential upcoming missions to this enigmatic planet. Join us for Night Vision: Venus.

Night Vision: Venus is hosted on Thursday evening, November 5th, in the Hansen Dome Theatre at 6:45pm. Tickets available online or at the Clark Planetarium ticket desk. Free for members and $2 for everyone else.

 

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