2. VENUS

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No, that super bright object radiating over the Pacific is not a star. It’s Venus, the hottest planet in our little solar system.
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These pics were taken from a spacecraft we launched in 1989 called Magellan. Magellan was the first explorer to circumnavigate Earth on a boat over 500 years ago. 
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This is Maat Mons – the largest volcano on Venus. It’s eight kilometers tall. Nobody really knows if it’s active and there is some evidence to suggest it could be.
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These are volcanoes on the Lavinia Platinia – one of the eight quadrangles of Venus.
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Venus is just a bit smaller than home – but way hotter! Because its atmosphere is so thick, heat gets trapped very quickly.