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Weird Object: Venus

No. 14: Slow-motion Nightmare

RELATED TOPICS: WEIRDEST OBJECTS | VENUS
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TECHNICOLOR TERROR.  Venus, seen here color-coded to highlight its elevations, might come close to Earth’s size, but similarities end there. Our “sister planet’s” constant 860° F (460° C) surface temperature, sulfuric acid clouds, and crushing atmospheric pressure make it a nightmarish inhospitable world. 
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If a celestial object is the largest, smallest, brightest, or most distant, it defines one of the edges of the cosmic envelope. Only a single entity can be the “most this” or “greatest that.” They are automatically ultra-rare. 

Venus owns at least seven such superlatives. It is the nearest planet to Earth. The brightest “star” in the sky. The body whose size best matches our planet’s. It has the most reflective clouds, making it the shiniest planet from our perspective, a property called “albedo.” It boasts the hottest surface and highest ground pressure in the solar system. And, not least, it’s the slowest-spinning object in the known universe. 

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