Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Of Love and Beauty

Dr. John Gray wrote the best-selling book called `Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus'. It has become the reference handbook for tips and advice on relationships between the two sexes. I haven't read the book, so this post is not about a review.

It's just to give you snippets of information about the planet Venus itself.

The planet Venus is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. It is the only planet in our solar system to have a female name. You probably already know that but did you know that it is also the only planet that rotates clockwise (as observed from a position on the north pole of the sun) ? All other planets rotate counter-clockwise. Apart from the Sun and the Moon, it is the brightest heavenly body in our sky.

While Venus is considered a sister planet to Earth because of its similarity in size (95% of Earth's diameter and 80% of Earth's mass), its behaviour is poles apart. It rotates very slowly.... a single Venus day is equivalent to 243 Earth days. It takes Venus about 224.65 days to do a single orbit around the Sun. This means that a year on Venus is actually shorter than a day. Go figure!

While the orbital path of all planets are elliptical, Venus is the closest to circular (less than 1% eccentricity).

By comparison, the planet Mars is named after the Roman god of war. The solar day of Mars is only slightly longer than an Earth day : 24 hours, 39 minutes and 35 seconds. One year on Mars is equivalent to about 1.9 years on Earth. Mars has an axial tilt of 25.19 degrees, about the same as Earth. Hence Mars has seasons like Earth except that the seasons are almost twice as long due to the longer calendar year.

Size comparison of terrestrial planets (from L to R) :
Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars
Images from Wikipedia

So if Dr. Gray says that women are from Venus, I believe him. Women have a mind of their own. They can take a terribly long time to decide on something but once decided, they can be very resolute. They are many times brighter than men (except maybe for blondes). But above all, women are really, really lovely and beautiful. Men only have action on their minds...


Emila Yusof said...

Wow, on behalf of all the women in the world, I would like to extend our gratitudes for the compliment!

Oldstock said...

Err... I'm flattered, Emila. The guys would be taking a swipe at me pretty soon.

Nurie said...

Aawww...I think u made all the women smile today....;-)

Oldstock said...

Hi noor, if at least one woman smile today (a special day), I'm delighted.

Patricia said...

I surely agree we're much brighter than men ;) - cos we let them think they're brighter! (Hmmm. Are you doing the same thing here?)

Btw, need to ask you this: is venus or mars the evening star we see in the night sky? I know it is one of the planets...but which one? School was too long ago for this old brain to remember lah!

Oldstock said...

Hi there Pat,

As long as you don't dye your hair blonde, you're okay :-)

Venus is the evening star. But it can also be the morning star, depends on the relative position between itself, earth and the sun.