• Question: What's the closest planet to earth

    Asked by Jam to Áine, Victoria, Lydia, Eoin, Ciarán on 19 Nov 2014.
    • Photo: Lydia Bach

      Lydia Bach answered on 19 Nov 2014:

      Hey Jam,

      that would be venus – which you can also see as a bright star in the night sky. When Venus is closest to our orbit it is around 38 million km away.

    • Photo: Ciarán O'Brien

      Ciarán O'Brien answered on 19 Nov 2014:

      Yeah, it’s Venus. But even though it’s closer than Mars, I’d prefer to visit Mars, cos the atmosphere of Venus is like a pressure cooker filled with sulphuric acid! At least the air on Mars won’t melt your face off…