Venus: The Hot Sister of Earth

Friday, February 15, 2013
Room 204 (Hynes Convention Center)
Sanjay S. Limaye , University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Even though Earth's twin in structure and size, Venus' surface is sunless, with intense heat and volcanic activity. It's thick, toxic atmosphere traps heat in a runaway "greenhouse effect." at temperatures hot enough to melt lead. Could this be a harbinger of Earth's future?