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Venus: Crash Course Astronomy #14

Venus is a gorgeous naked-eye planet, hanging like a diamond in the twilight — but it’s beauty is best looked at from afar. Even though Mercury is closer to the sun, Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system, due to a runaway greenhouse effect, and has the most volcanic activity in the solar system. Its north and south poles were flipped, causing it to rotate backwards and making for very strange days on this beautiful but inhospitable world.

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Table of Contents
Venus’s Size and Atmosphere 3:09
Hottest Planet in the Solar System 4:04
Slow Clockwise Rotation 6:02
Tremendous Volcanic Activity 8:31

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PHOTOS/VIDEOS
Naked-eye Venus photo taken by Phil Plait
Phases of Venus [credit: Wikimedia Commons]
2012 Venus Transit [credit: NASA]
Black drop effect in 2004 [credit: Vesta]
Venus Transit [credit: JAXA/NASA/Lockheed Martin]
Venus in real colors [credit: NASA]
Earth [credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Image by Reto Stöckli]
Venus [credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Magellan Project]
Atmospheric Drag on Venus [credit: NASA]
Lakshmi Planum and Maxwell Montes [credit: NASA/JPL]
Artist’s impression of the surface of Venus [credit: ESA]
Venera Images [credit: Ted Stryk]
Venus Globe [credit: NASA]
Impact craters on the surface of Venus [credit: Wikimedia Commons]
Idunn Mons [credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA]
Pancake Volcanoes [credit: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory]