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Is Earth's Atmospheric Thickness Related to Cosmic Ray Radiation?

It won't be (and isn't) zero. To see that, you want the plot on a logarithmic scale. Thus there isn't really a question to answer. The attenuation of cosmic rays will follow some exponential decay ...
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Carbon dioxide on terrestrial planets

It's very stable. Once created, it takes a lot of work to convert it into something else. Most other organic compounds have greater potential energy and are unstable on geologic timescales. The ...
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Meteor visibility from two locations

In short, it is depended on the height of the meteor and the separation of observers. This is a rough sketch of the situation you are describing. There are 2 observers on Earth with a separation of $\...
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What stops terrestrial planets from becoming watery gas giants with water vapour atmospheres?

The terrestrial planets formed in their final configurations over the course of a hundred million years or so. The collision that formed the Moon probably occurred about 30-50 million years after the ...
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Which of the blocked radiation windows will (mostly) open if one where to observe from the surface of Mars, instead of the Earth?

Question 1: From Tokunaga (2000):The major atmospheric absorbers [in the infrared] are H2O [and OH], CO2, N2O, CH4, and O3. Question 2: X- and gamma rays: These would still be strongly attenuated even ...
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Can IR sensitive cameras read signals from Venus's surface emissions?

@JamesK's answer is excellent. I just want to add another, more recent observation, with photos. In the case of Venus, does any of it's 800 degree surface temperature generated IR make it through it'...
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