This weeks Top of the Heap: The Solar System
|The X marks our solar system in the Milky Way Galaxy|
I have always found Earth's sister planet, Venus, to be fascinating. It just looks so mysterious and it's named after the goddess of love and beauty. I used to picture it as a paradise; blue skies with lush, green tropical plants growing everywhere, cerulean blue oceans, and magical creatures all living together in harmony. Well, according to science, I couldn't be farther from reality. Science has since explained that the atmosphere on Venus is made of noxious gasses, the blue oceans are actually gushing valleys of hot lava, and as for the tropical plants- not so much, it's pretty much a really hot dessert. Not a very pleasant place to visit, but I like to think of it how I like to think of it, and in my imagination, it's really pretty : ) ~ F
Venus is the second closest planet to the Sun and it is named after Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty. It is often called Earth's twin planet because in many ways Venus is very similar to our own planet. (read more on venus at NASA)
Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun. It is named after the Roman god Saturn, equated to the Greek Cronus (the Titan father of Zeus), the Babylonian Ninurta and the Hindu Shani. Saturn's symbol represents the Roman god's sickle.