The Planet Venus is the second closest planet to the sun. It is located between our Earth and Mercury.
It is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty.
Venus is covered with thick clouds that create a greenhouse effect that makes
it very hot.
Venus has no moons.
about Planet Venus
* Diameter: 12,100
km. It is about 1040km smaller in diameter than Earth
* Temperature: Ranges from 900F+/-
50F (about 500°C +/- 32°C) at the surface
from Earth: At its closest, Venus is 41,840,000 km away
Carbon dioxide (95%), nitrogen, sulfuric acid, and traces
of other elements
* Surface: A rocky,
dusty, waterless expanse of mountains, canyons, and plains, with a
200-mile river of hardened lava
* Rotation of its axis: 243
Earth days (1 Venusian Day)
* Rotation around the Sun:
225 Earth days
* Magnetic Field: No
Venus is the brightest object in the sky
besides our Sun and the Moon. It is
also known as the morning star because at sunrise it
appears in the east and and evening star as it appears at sunset when it is in the west. It
cannot be seen in the
middle of the night.
A Venusian day is 243 Earth days and is
longer than its year of 225 days. Oddly, Venus rotates from east
to west (retrograde - opposite to that of earth). If you were on
Venus, the Sun would rise in the west and set in the east.
Venus and Earth are close together in space
and similar in size, which is the reason Venus is called Earth's
Venus Express is the first European Space
Agency (ESA) mission to Planet Venus. It was launched on 9
November 2005 by a Soyuz Fregat Rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
design is derived from the Mars Express spacecraft.
Did you know?
of Venus will occur on June 6th, 2012.
- Venus is often called Earth's twin because the two
planets are close in size, but that's the only
of Venus by Peter Cattermole (Author),
Patrick Moore (Author)
Geology, Geophysics, Atmosphere, and Solar Wind Environment (Space
Science Series) by D. M. Hunten
2004--Venus in Transit by Eli Maor
Venus: Second Planet (1994)
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