For the longest time, scientists have been trying to figure out if other planets are habitable; and have been looking for clues to find out the presence of lifeforms in them. So far, Earth’s neighbour Mars has shown promising results. Recently, a Reddit user has shared a map of Venus that shows that the planet may have the necessary conditions required for lifeforms to thrive. By Amitha Ameen
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On August 21, a Reddit user by the name of Dragonite-2 had shared a map of Venus on one of the threads. The image of the map was accompanied by the caption, “Map of Venus if it has as much water as Earth.” The map which shows how Venus would look with water is similar to the map of Mars that was previously shared by another Reddit user Aaditya Raj Bhattarai in August.
The Venus map thread garnered a lot of comments from users who explained how transforming Venus would not be a difficult process but would take a lot of time. As for how accurate the map is, associate professor of planetary sciences at North Carolina State University, Paul Byrne said: “The map is fairly accurate, in that someone has taken the real-world digital elevation model for Venus and added a ‘sea level’ to it,” (as reported on Inverse).
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The professor further added, “I don’t know how realistic the ‘if Venus had as much water as Earth’ part is, but I’m guessing that whoever made this map picked an average ocean depth for Earth and ‘flooded’ the Venus topography to that same depth. But that is pretty much it.”
As far as planet Mars is concerned, Elon Musk, SpaceX and Tesla’s CEO has already made plans to build a city in and colonise Mars. NASA too has planned a manned mission to the Red Planet to find any possibility of living conditions. Living it Venus may be more complicated as temperatures can reach up to 465-degrees Celsius.