Sunday, December 04, 2011

Solar System: Venus

For all of those on the IABN feed wondering why you're getting these posts: I'm sorry. I'm not sure why these are showing up. It's only supposed to pick up posts from my blog with IABN tags.

Venus! Talk about an unpleasant place to visit. It's probably the most inhospitable planet in our solar system. I actually really enjoyed painting this one. I used a combination of washes and streaking and stippling to create the look of the whirling clouds that cover the entire surface of the planet. Speaking of which, let's take a look at some fun Venus facts...
  • Venus is the brightest object in Earth's sky after the Sun and Moon.
  • The surface of Venus is not visible through the complete cloud cover. These clouds are droplets of sulfuric acid, and they are pushed around constantly by permanent hurricane force winds.
  • Venus' atmosphere is crushing at 90 atmospheres of pressure. That's the equivalent of being half a mile underwater on earth.
  • It takes Venus 243 Earth days for it to complete one of its own days. In addition, it rotates backwards from Earth and has no magnetic field.
  • Venus is a mere 5% smaller than Earth, and has a similar composition as Earth.
  • Venus was first visited in 1962 by the Mariner 2 spacecraft.
The Nine Planets

1 comment:

David Diamondstone said...

Interesting project you're working on... but why aren't the planets smooth?