A recent study reveals that there might be ongoing volcanic activity on the hot planet.
The average planetary temperature is nearly 900 degrees Fahrenheit, the study from spacecraft shows that some places on the planet may reach temperature higher than 1500 degree Fahrenheit.
Planet explorers are now speculating that at least four spots on the surface may be home to magma spouts or volcanoes.
Dr. Eugene Shalygin, of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany and the lead author of the study said, “We have now seen several events where a spot on the surface suddenly gets much hotter, and then cools down again.”
Dr. Shalygin further adds, “These four hotspots are located in what are known from radar imagery to be tectonic rift zones, but this is the first time we have detected that they are hot and changing in temperature from day to day. It is the most tantalising evidence yet for active volcanism.”
He goes on to say, “The region is a rift system on the flanks of a volcano. These rifts are formed when, for example, a magma chamber lying below fills up and causes expansion and fracture up above.”
The new data provides evidence that Venus is one of the few planets of our solar system, including our planet Earth, which is home to an active volcano system.
Dr. Shalygin further added, “We don’t really know exactly what’s happening, because the spatial resolution of the images we’re getting is blurred by the overlying clouds, to 50-100km pixel size.”
Håkan Svedhem, a scientist at European Space Agency said, “It looks like we can finally include Venus in the small club of volcanically active Solar System bodies.”