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It’s time for another Knowledge Stew Roundup. A collection of interesting stories that have been added to the Stew. But first, let’s take a look at what a day looks like on Venus, a planet with some strange characteristics.

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Venus is a strange place. It has a thick atmosphere of carbon dioxide and is filled with sulfuric acid clouds. This keeps the planet very hot. It’s similar in size to Earth but just a bit smaller, and it is geologically active.

One of the strangest things about Venus, however, is how it rotates. It spins in the opposite direction as Earth, and it spins very slowly. So slow, in fact, that to make one full rotation on Venus takes about 243 days on Earth. The sun only rises two times during each Venusian year, once about ever 177 Earth days, and it rises in the west and sets in the east because of its opposite rotation. Since Venus is closer to the sun than Earth, it takes the planet about 225 Earth days to make one full rotation around the sun to make one Venusian year. What this means is that a day on Venus lasts longer than a year on Venus.

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Daniel Ganninger

Author of the Knowledge Stew Guides, Knowledge Stew Presents, and the Case Files of Icarus Investigations books https://amzn.to/2pNaean and danielganninger.com

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