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Video: This planet of ours, it ain't gonna last forever. And though who the heck knows what's going to happen to the world that far off into the future (or even after November 8), Life Noggin decided to conduct a little brain exercise about how we could convert a planet like Mars or Venus, or a moon like Europa, into a second Earth.

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If you could hop in a time-travelling spacecraft, go back three billion years and land any place in our solar system, where would you want to end up? Earth, with its barren continents and unbreathable atmosphere? Or Mars, a chillier version its big brother? Wait, what about Venus?

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Venus's unusually thick atmosphere is typically regarded as a barrier that prevents us from gazing upon its tortured surface. By studying subtle shifts in weather patterns, however, scientists have learned that these clouds also offer important clues as to what lies beneath.

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Venus is a blistering hellscape of a planet that melts anything it comes in contact with, right? Not entirely. The data from the European Space Agency's first mission to Venus is back, and with it comes some fascinating insights into our nearest neighbour's atmosphere. It turns out, parts of Venus are very, very cold.

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The first images of Venus from its solitary, tardy orbiter are already revealing new secrets about its cloud dynamics. The fourth of the Akatsuki spacecraft's cameras sent back new details on cloud structure for the planet's roiling storms that we've never seen before.

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Astronomical conjunctions occur when celestial objects appear close to one another in the night sky — this happens all the time and they're not particularly unusual. But a conjunction happening tonight is notable in that it involves two very bright planets — Venus and Jupiter — and they will be closer together than they have been since Terminator 2 was in theatres.

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Standing on the surface of Venus, your body would be crushed by the immense pressure, fried by the lead-melting heat, and dissolved by sulfuric acid thunderstorms. Too bad, because if you could survive on Venus, you might witness some epic volcanic eruptions.

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This isn't some sort of alien test card beamed from Venus but a rainbow-like optical phenomenon known as a glory in the atmosphere of our nearest planetary neighbour. In fact, it's the first time a glory has ever been imaged on another planet, and it was snapped by the European Space Agency's Venus Express.

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Venus' perpetually overcast skies had long obscured our view of the planet, making it appear nearly featureless when viewed in the visible light spectrum. But when viewed through Mariner 10's ultraviolet-filtered camera lens, the second planet from the sun can be seen in unprecedented detail.