Apr 17, 2024, 01:40 PM IST

Hottest planet in the Solar System

Pravrajya Suruchi

Venus  – Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system, with an average surface temperature of a scorching 462°C (863°F). 

Runaway Greenhouse Effect: The culprit behind Venus's extreme temperatures is a runaway greenhouse effect.  Its thick atmosphere, composed mainly of carbon dioxide (CO2

Crushing Atmosphere:  Not only is Venus incredibly hot, but it also has a crushing atmosphere – 90 times denser than Earth's atmosphere! 

Venus vs. Earth:  It's interesting to compare Venus and Earth,  both similar in size and distance from the Sun.  However, Venus's runaway greenhouse effect turned it into a scorching inferno.

Volcanic Activity:  Venus is shrouded in a thick layer of clouds, making it difficult to see the surface.

Challenging Exploration:  The extreme heat and pressure on Venus make it a hostile environment for spacecraft. 

Future Missions:  Despite the challenges,  scientists are still developing ideas for future missions to Venus.  

Source: NASA