What Will the Solar Look Like From Venus And Different Planets?

published on July 3, 2020

what would you see if you look at the

sky right now of course the landscape

will differ depending on the weather and

time of day but it will still look like

most days sky clouds Sun or moon with

stars all of this is familiar and

understandable to every inhabitant of

the planet but if we left the borders of

our native planet and found ourselves

somewhere else the sky would immediately

change yes the same Sun would still be

shining but you may not recognize it

this is pretty hard to believe so I

suggest looking at everything with your

own eyes using scientific evidence and

of course a little imagination to begin

with we'll go over a few important

concepts experience suggest that the

closer an object is to a light source

the brighter its illuminated this is

easy to check even at home with the help

of a floor lamp and any object around

that you can find the further you move

the object away from the lamp the less

intense the light shines upon it similar

logic applies in space in other words

the further we move away from our star

the lower the light intensity and the

dimmer it appears in my opinion this

sounds pretty logical but it's one thing

to understand it in theory and quite

another to apply it in practice let's

start from the beginning mercury this is

the smallest planet in the solar system

and also the closest to the Sun the

distance between these two ranges from

between 46 million to 70 million

kilometers that's about 29 million to 43

million miles it takes approximately

879 Earth days to make a complete

revolution around the Sun so yes if

Mercury celebrated New Year's and

Christmas they would happen quite often

the surface of this planet is similar to

the surface of our Moon and consists of

Plains and craters in addition mercury

is too small and hot to have any

significant Atmos

here seriously the surface temperature

here ranges from minus 173 to 427

Celsius that's minus 279 to 801

Fahrenheit and since mercury is the

planet closest to the Sun from here the

Sun looks about two-and-a-half times

larger than it does from the surface of

the earth and no clouds don't interfere

with the nice view let's move on most of

the surface of Venus was formed by

volcanic activity Venus has several tens

of times more volcanoes than the earth

its surface is 90% composed of

solidified basalt lava and Venus has a

dense atmosphere consisting of more than

96 percent carbon dioxide and all of

this of course affects the local

environment despite the fact that the

average distance from the planet to the

Sun is a hundred and eight million

kilometers or about 67 million miles it

feels much hotter than on Mercury here

it's 462 degrees Celsius that's 863

Fahrenheit the sky is orange like Fanta

and because of its special rotation the

Sun rises in the West and sets in the

east it's large number of clouds makes

the day on Venus look like an endless

Twilight so it's unlikely someone would

be able to enjoy the view of the Sun

from here Earth revolves around the Sun

at an average distance of about a

hundred and fifty million kilometers or

93 million miles because of the

atmosphere the sky here is blue which

you of course are aware of and the moon

makes it possible to observe a solar

eclipse home sweet home however it's

unlikely that I'll show you anything

that you don't already know if we spend

much more time

our home planet so let's move on our

next stop is a place that never fails to

impress the red planet Mars is located

at a distance of approximately 230

million kilometers or 143 million miles

from the Sun but this figure may vary

slightly well in significantly by the

scale of the universe of course but for

a person these aren't gigantic numbers

compared to earth the atmosphere of Mars

is sparse and consists mainly of carbon

dioxide in addition it's quite cold here

no wonder the red planet is too far from

the Sun to properly warm up and it's

periodic dust storms and you have the

perfect Martian landscape unlike our

understanding of other planets humanity

has a lot of real evidence of what Mars

looks like photos of Martian sunsets and

sunrises show that here the Sun appears

only 2/3 the size of what we're

accustomed to on earth and don't think

that Mars is actually blue and that all

of these stories about it being the Red

Planet are just big words it truly has

that exact rusty shade that everyone is

so familiar with remember that footage

from the film the Martian that's very

close to reality but the Sun set and

Dawn raised slightly changed the

surrounding palette yes just as it

happens on earth but in a different

gamut the atmosphere of Mars has its own

filters now we'll take a slight detour

since Jupiter is a gas giant we won't

try to land on its surface instead I

propose checking out what the Sun looks

like from nearby Europa Jupiter's moon

it mainly consists of silicate rocks

covered with ice and has almost no

craters because of this Europa is often

called one of the smoothest objects in

the solar system this particular moon of

Jupiter is located at a distance of

approximately 700 78 million kilometers

or 483

million miles from the Sun so it takes a

bit of effort to see it firstly because

at such a great distance the Sun looks

about one-fifth the size of our full

moon and well secondly the gas giant

Jupiter sometimes completely blocks the

Sun now let's try hovering in the sky

above Saturn it won't be easy due to the

strong winds but let's use our

imagination on average Saturn is located

at a distance of 1 billion four hundred

million kilometers that's about 800

million miles from the Sun which is nine

and a half times larger than the

distance between the Sun and the earth

it's not surprising that it's quite cool

here the temperature in the upper layers

fluctuates from minus 113 to minus 173

Celsius that's minus 172 to minus 280

Fahrenheit at this distance

sunlight is at least 90 times dimmer

than what we're used to

nonetheless the clouds of ammonia ice

and the giant rings of Saturn would make

this spectacle fantastically beautiful

although it would feel quite dark for us

inhabitants of the earth our next stop

is no less exotic the solar system never

ceases to impress get this the ice giant

Uranus makes a revolution around the Sun

once every 84 years and so is generally

in no hurry after all is it really

necessary to rush when you're so huge

while the planet itself slowly floats

through space wind speeds on it can

reach 900 kilometers or 560 miles per

hour so it's better to move to Uranus

Moon Ariel the distance from Ariel to

the Sun is almost three billion

kilometers that's 18 billion miles that

is instead of a flaming ball from here

you would only

see a point of life well it would be a

rather large point the sunlight here is

still several hundred times weaker than

on earth scientists believe that Arial

is approximately half composed of water

ice and half composed of dense rocks the

average temperature here is about minus

213 Celsius that's minus 351 Fahrenheit

and as there's no atmosphere the Sun

would appear to be slightly white now

we've reached the last planet of our

solar system Neptune is the furthest

from the Sun with four and a half

billion kilometres or 28 billion miles

of outer space between the two however

I'm more interested not in Neptune

itself but in its companion Triton

scientists suspect that Triton has a

stone metal core an ice mantle with a

crust of water ice and a layer of

nitrogen ice on its surface

there are also krile volcanoes that spew

nitrogen now the atmosphere on Triton is

also nitrogen and very weak however it's

possible that light winds are present

within it if you looked at the Sun from

the surface of Triton

it would appear 30 times smaller than

the earth and the sunlight would be

about 900 times dimmer like many other

distant objects of the solar system

scientists don't yet know a lot about

Triton over the past decades NASA

scientists have repeatedly proposed new

concepts for missions that would study

Neptune and its moons

but they've all come down to a lack of

funding perhaps in a few years humanity

will get real pictures of the most

distant planet of the solar system but

for now we'll use our imagination if you

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