August 13, 2020
Venus is a mysterious planet.
We are disappointed if the cold-blooded scientist assures us that Man cannot exist on Mars. … We do resent a restraint on our imagination. We should like to believe in marvelous men on Venus.
— Harlow Shapley
Over the past 6 decades, 22 different spacecraft visited the planet Venus. Beginning with Mariner 2, which flew by the planet (and including the upcoming DaVinci orbiter), Venus was explored by the largest number of targeted missions, second in number only to the Moon.
Venus inspired extreme human emotions in the past. Mythology describes the planet Venus as a goddess, possessing both beautiful and terrifying aspects. Venus was called “creator” and “destroyer” over the ages, leading several Electric Universe advocates to publish books and videos about its influences on past civilizations.
Venus exhibits signs of a (relatively) recent catastrophe: giant fissures extend for hundreds of kilometers; formations called “coronae” are surrounded by fracture zones, branching out like carved lightning bolts; and vast caldera, with upraised rims and glassified, crazed interiors all point to some event or events that encompassed the entire planet.
Features that are common to electric discharge events dominate the landscape: craters with wide, flat floors and steep sidewalls that are often terraced; sinuous channels, or canyons, with vertical side walls, scalloped edges, no outflow debris, and flat bottoms; mesas with forty-five degree “shoulders,” and escarpments that are often etched with parallel, vertical grooves; dual-ridge faults with no sign of strike-slip and, sometimes, with other faults cutting across them at ninety degrees. All of those structures are seen on Venus.
Electric Universe theory proposes that the Solar System is in a state of dynamic equilibrium. Venus, Earth, Mars, and probably most other rocky bodies, experienced an increase in their electric fields at some point in the past. Many of those bodies extended plasma tails of such length and strength that they engulfed other planets and moons, or they entered unstable orbits that brought them into dangerous proximity to each other. Perhaps both situations existed.
How Venus was formed and how its surface was blasted and abraded must include the ways that electricity behaves in various circumstances. In the high density atmosphere of Venus, electric arcs will carve out topography similar to that found elsewhere in the Solar System, but it will bear unique attributes. For example, highly energetic discharges will leave deeply entrenched formations, as well as swirling structures called “arachnoids” that bear a resemblance to “spiders” found on Mars, but are far larger and more pronounced.
Since Venus radiates twice the energy it receives from the Sun, there must be a source for that heat. Venus has an extremely weak magnetic field and no magnetosphere, but it does possess an ionosphere, so it is an electrically charged body. Its ionospheric charge flow carries electricity from the solar wind into the Venusian environment. It could be that the planet is constantly charging and discharging in the infrared, which would generate heat.
Venus is not really separate from the Sun, but acts as an element in the vast electrical circuit that powers the Solar System. The observational data, coupled with ideas put forth by such luminaries as Irving Langmuir and Hannes Alfvén, proves that lightning on Venus was both expected and predicted by Electric Universe theory.
The Thunderbolts Picture of the Day is generously supported by the Mainwaring Archive Foundation.