Venus could be a habitable planet and scientists reveal why it stopped being


Studies conducted by various astrophysicists on Venus they reveal that it is a planet with an atmospheric pressure 93 times higher than the earth, and a toxic atmosphere with clouds of sulfuric acid, not to mention the temperatures of hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit.

However, the conditions were not always the case, and even Venus could be a habitable planet, according to a study conducted by researchers from Bangor University, in the United Kingdom, the University of Washington and NASA.

The team, led by the oceanographer Mattias Green, believes that the culprit of the change in the conditions of Venus was his ocean, which practically suffocated this planet.

To reach this conclusion, the researchers carried out geological tests, supported by computer model simulations, in which it was revealed that billions of years ago temperatures were colder on Venus.

Analyzes indicate that the planet could have water oceans, a lighter and less aggressive atmosphere and perhaps it could even host life, but something has happened.

According to Green explains in a statement, Venus turns in the opposite direction to the Earth and to most of the planets of the Solar System.

Moreover, its rotation period is extremely slow, because while the Earth takes a complete tour of just under 24 hours,Venus takes 243 Earth days to complete a single tour on itself.

Although this is not always the case, since the rotation period of Venus was similar to that of the other planets millions of years ago, but according to the new study, the tides in a Venusian ocean would have been large enough to slow down the speed of rotation.

The researchers calculated the force exerted by the oceans of Venus and their rate of dissipation while the planet slowed more and more. The result of his simulations esteems him the planet has slowed its rotation to an index of about 72 days every million years.

This suggests that the tidal brake could have slowed Venus to its current state of rotation in a period between 10 and 50 million years and, therefore, prevented it from being habitable.


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