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The surface of Venus from an altitude of 10,000 feet; terrestrial planet; telluric planet; rocky planet; runaway greenhouse effect - Space Art Illustration

Venus from 10,000 feet

This is how Venus might appear from a position just below its lowest clouds. The view is of a gigantic impact crater that's about 5 miles in diameter.

The surface of Venus never sees the Sun as thick clouds always cover the entire planet. Despite the lack of direct sunlight, surface temperatures are an average 750 F (about the temperature of a self-cleaning oven) year round due to a runaway greenhouse effect that went into motion early in Venus' history. Not only is Venus extremely hot, the atmospheric pressure on the surface is 90 times that of Earth's, about the same as the water pressure at a depth of 3,000 feet in Earth's oceans.


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