What if Venus were in the same orbit as Earth?
January 30, 2017 11:22am CST
Would Venus be habitable like Earth is today, if it were actually formed in the exact location from the sun as the Earth is at this moment? There may be more to the nature of Earth Like Planets than just size, mass and amount of heavy elements and water to be just right for life. Mars is a bit too small and farther away from our sun so it's got 2 issues that go against it's ability to support life like Earth now does. There may have been more atmosphere on Mars before the solar winds blew it all away due to Mars not having that MAGNETOSPHERE that is what Earth has, and keeps the solar winds from blowing away our current atmosphere, which by the way is a very thin layer compared to the overall size of our planet. Like the skin on an apple, our Earth's atmosphere is very thin but thick enough to contain the air we breath and the clouds that circulate all the water and cause rain to fall. so, what if Venus were in our same orbit? Well, mostly scientists are looking out there for other planets like Earth or even Venus or Mars or even Jupiter, that are not too close nor not too far from their sun so as to make it possible for liquid water to maintain constant density and temperature so as not to freeze over completely nor evaporate away completely. Lots of things go into or factor into what makes a planet more or less like Earth.
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Some conspiracy theories say that someone is trying to get an Earth-like atmosphere back on Mars. If Venus was in our orbit, wouldn't we collide? Maybe there used to be life on Venus, the Sun changes in intensity and size, Mars could be our next Earth, although it is small. We would weigh less, at least!
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As for Venus being in our orbit, perhaps it would be placed on the opposite end of ours so we would never collide, or at least there could be a safe variant of orbital distance to prevent such a collision. But that is so far fetched as to be almost impossible to imagine.