STUDY: Venus may have supported life 3 billion years ago

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(CNN) — This picture may look like Earth, but NASA scientists say it’s actually Venus, the hottest planet in our solar system.

Researchers believe Venus could have been a habitable planet two or three billion years ago.

They presented their study during a planetary science conference over the weekend.

It found that the planet may have had a stable climate that supported water, but something happened that caused a dramatic shift to 80% of the planet.

They say Venus went from a stable climate to now reaching average temperatures of 462 degrees.

According to the researchers, it’s still a mystery what could have happened, but they say it took place more than 700 million years ago.

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