Venus (Paperback)

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The planet Venus is our nearest neighbour, the planet closest to the Earth in size and internal composition, and the brightest natural object in the sky after the Sun and the Moon. Often called Earth's sister planet, Venus is a mysterious object whose secrets were not unlocked until the 1960s. The first chapter focuses on how Venus appears from Earth. The 584-day cycle where Venus goes through a full set of phases like the Moon is explained in detail. The fact that Venus's phases can only be explained by a heliocentric theory and not the geocentric theory, something which was very important to the development of astronomy, is discussed. I then talk about the early depiction of Venus in 1950's science fiction as a world on which exotic life forms could survive. However, exploration of Venus by spacecraft, discovered a harsh hostile world, where the surface temperature is nearly five hundred degrees Celsius and the atmospheric pressure is a crushing 92 times that of Earth. Despite this I will argue later in the book that it is possible to terraform the planet to make it more Earth-like and may be desirable to do so at some point in the far future. I discuss the 'transit of Venus', an astronomical event in which Venus appears to cross the surface of the Sun. Observations of the transit of Venus were critical to the development of astronomy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.The remainder of the book discusses what humans would need to do to live on Venus. The idea of 'floating cities' is discussed and terraforming is explored in detail and how the challenges posed by such a hostile environment could be overcome.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781790904655
ISBN-10: 179090465X
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: March 16th, 2019
Pages: 106
Language: English