Venus may have been just like Earth 3 billion years ago
Contrary to the toxic hellscape that is present-day Venus, the planet might have had temperate, Earth-like temperatures and liquid water oceans 3 billion years ago, Gizmodo reports. New climate models—made by using estimated radiation levels from that time, along with data from the Magellan spacecraft about Venus’s current surface—suggest that Venus would have been only 11°C (52°F). The researchers, who reported their findings in Geophysical Research Letters, say it’s plausible that Venus could have harbored life—especially in its oceans—and that Venus-like worlds in other systems may prove habitable as well.
Venus was a major Roman goddess principally associated with love, beauty and fertily, as well as ploughlands and gardens. She was considered the ancestor of the Roman people by way of its mythological progenitor, Aeneas, and therefore played a pivotal role in many Roman religious festivals and myths. Since many of the figures of Roman mythology were largely appropriated from the Greek tradition, Venus is very similar to Aphrodite, the goddess of love in the Greek pantheon.