Up on Venus’ scorching hot surface is a giant shield volcano similar in size and shape to the big island of Hawaii. Named Maat Mons after the ancient Egyptian goddess of truth and justice, the volcano is 8 kilometres high, making it the second-highest peak on the planet.
It sits at approximately 0.9 degrees north latitude and 194.5 east longitude on the cloud-swaddled Venus. Thick, dark lava flows from Maat Mons for hundreds of kilometres, suggesting a relatively recent eruption, but no evidence for current activity can be identified. What we know for sure is that at least two large scale structural collapse events seem to have occurred in the past on Maat Mons.