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The rogue planet that once roamed our solar system appears to have been a stray child of Jupiter.

According to Greek legend, that child is Venus. Born from a storm, and able to throw punches like her father, she caused all sorts of trouble. Beneath her brilliant exterior hides a wild child with a mind of her own.

Could it be that the Greeks had it right? From what we have been able to deduce about the rogue planet, it certainly seems so. The planet we are looking for is a relatively large rock planet, most likely with a thick atmosphere. That sure sounds like Venus.

Taking a closer look at Venus, we notice something odd. She’s rotating very slowly, and she’s rotating the opposite way of all the other planets.

Other planets in the solar system rotate at speeds related to their size and energy. Big planets with thick atmospheres spin faster than smaller, rocky planets.

But Venus is hardly spinning at all. In fact, she’s slowing down. It’s as if she’s being slowed down by the Sun and ordered to spin the other way. She’s like a newcomer to the solar system, still trying to learn the rules of the game.

But most telling of all is what she’s hiding under her thick atmosphere. There are scars all over her surface, as if she’s been in fights with several other planets.

Global radar view of Venus (without the clouds) from Magellan between 1990 and 1994 By NASA -, Public domain,
Global radar view of Venus (without the clouds) from Magellan between 1990 and 1994 By NASA -, Public domain,

It appears that we’ve found our culprit. Venus was the rogue planet that caused so much damage to our solar system, and she really is the daughter of Jupiter, as Greek mythology has it.

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