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How much would Venus cool down if it had rotated around itself as fast as the Earth does?

Due to Venus's very thick carbon dioxide atmosphere, its temperature is actually largely due to the greenhouse effect and has little to do with its rotation.  The average temperature of Venus is over 460 degrees Celsius, and that doesn't vary much over the planet's surface.


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Dr. Stephen O. Nelson


Fusion, solar flares, cosmic rays, radiation in space, and stellar physics questions. Generally, nuclear-related astrophysics, but I can usually point you in the right direction if it's not nuclear-related or if it's nuclear but not astrophysics.


Just moved from being a physics professor at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin into government work. Doctoral dissertation was on a reaction in CNO-cycle fusion, worked in gamma-ray astronomy in the space science division of the naval research laboratory in the high-energy space environment branch.

Government work as a physical scientist with a nuclear focus.

Ph.D. in physics, research was on nuclear fusion reactions important in stellar fusion, further work on space telescope technology.

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