There are active volcanoes on Venus!
If there’s lava then there’s an active volcano. New research suggests that the Earth’s sister planet Venus has active volcanoes.
The study shows that lava flows on Venus may be only a few years old, suggesting that Venus could be volcanically active today, making it the only planet in our solar system, other than Earth, with recent eruptions.
In the 1990s, data from the Magellan spacecraft revealed that Venus is a world of volcanoes and extensive lava flows but we did not know whether this volcanic activity was ancient or recent. But the new research led by Universities Space Research Association (USRA) has used data from the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Venus Express orbiter to confirm that the lava flows are recent and Venus could have currently active volcanoes.
If Venus is indeed active today, it would make a great place to visit to better understand the interiors of planets.
This could help scientists to study how planets cool and why the Earth and Venus have active volcanism, but Mars does not.
Venus is the second brightest object in the night sky. Only the Moon is brighter. With a magnitude of between -3.8 to -4.6 Venus is so bright it can be seen during the daytime on a clear day. But it is also the hottest planet of our solar system.