There are a lot of similarities between Venus and Earth, but this does not mean there still aren’t a lot of things to be discovered about the planet.
UniverseToday describes the planet’s hazy and dense atmosphere underneath. There are a lot of unresolved questions about the geological history of Venus.
For instance, the planet’s surface is dominated by various volcanic features, but experts are still not certain whether or not the planet is still active from a volcanic point of view.
Venus was volcanically active 2.5 million years ago
It’s already known that the planet was volcanically active about 2.5 million years ago, but there’s no precise evidence to tell us whether there are still volcanic eruptions on the surface of Venus.
The online publicaiton mentioned above notes that there’s some pretty exciting new research led by the USRA’s Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) that has shown that Venus may still have active volcanoes.
If this were true, such a thing would make it the only other planet in the Solar System (other than Earth) that is still volcanically active these days.
The research was recently published in the journal Science Advances, and it’s been reportedly led by Dr. Justin Filiberto, Allan H. Treiman, Martha Gilmore of Wesleyan University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and David Trang of the Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology.
It’s also important to note the fact that the discovery that Venus once had active volcanoes on its surface took place during the ’90s, and it was thanks to NASA’s Magellan spacecraft.
Venus was dominated by volcanoes and lava flows
It offered a radar image of the surface of Venus, which was showing a world that was dominated by volcanoes and lava flows.
During the 2000s, the infrared light that was coming from the surface of the planet at night was measured, and experts could learn more about he volcanic activity.
Regarding the latest research on the matter, Prof. Filiberto explained the following:
“If Venus is indeed active today, it will make a great place to visit to better understand the interiors of planets,” he said.
He continued and pointed out that “For example, we could study how planets cool and why the Earth and Venus have active volcanism, but Mars does not. Future missions should be able to see these flows and changes in the surface and provide concrete evidence of its activity.”
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