Surface Of Venus Mapped Using Radar

March 11, 2015 5:56 PM

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Surface Of Venus Mapped Using Radar

The surface of Venus, considered Earth’s twin planet, has been a topic of speculation by scientists and astronomers alike for hundreds of years. Some believe that a thick layer of carbon dioxide obscures its surface, while others assume that the planet’s face is featureless, while still others debate that it is brimming with volcanoes. The latter was confirmed accurate by the new image supplied by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which exhibited the planet’s rough surface riddled with not only volcanoes, but craters as well. A radio telescope found in West Virginia, the National Science Foundation ‘s Green Bank Telescope, and a radio transmitter in Puerto Rico’s Aceribo Observatory, worked in tandem to procure the image, using old-reliable radio waves.

The surface of Venus, considered Earth’s twin planet, has been a topic of speculation by scientists and astronomers alike for hundreds of years. Some believe that a thick layer of carbon dioxide obscures its surface, while others assume that the planet’s face is featureless, while still others debat...

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