OCT 31, 2018 3:26 PM PDT

Why Venus Could Doom 'Habitable' Exoplanets

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

Venus’s fate may have come down from its distance from the sun. The exact distances of the Venus zone are based on how much radiation is being emitted from the system’s star. But, regardless of how exactly far it is—the inner edge of the Venus zone is how close a Venus-like planet can get before its stars radiation completely strips way its atmosphere. Venus also has extra gasses that causes rising temperatures and evaporating oceans. This eventually creates a positive feedback loop that ends with a superhot world and no oceans. This especially highlights the importance of a planets distance to its star for habitability.

About the Author
  • Nouran earned her BS and MS in Biology at IUPUI and currently shares her love of science by teaching. She enjoys writing on various topics as well including science & medicine, global health, and conservation biology. She hopes through her writing she can make science more engaging and communicable to the general public.
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