Stargazing in February: Venus and Mars are all set for a celestial canoodle

February 1, 2015 7:39 PM

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A twin in size to our planet Earth, the “Planet of Love” orbits just a bit closer to the Sun. Space probes have discovered that Venus is shrouded in thick clouds – made of corrosive sulphuric acid – that veil her surface from view. But we’re certainly not talking about concealing any modest charms.

Astronomers have explored the terrain beneath by beaming radio waves down and analysing the echoes, like airport radar showing up planes through the fog. They’ve found that Venus’s surface is disfigured with huge boils – giant erupting volcanoes.

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