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Did you know?Venus is named after the Roman goddess of beauty because of its brightness

Venus's PositionVenus is one of two inferior planets, because it is closer to the Sun than to Earth. Venus is the second closest planet to the Sun, and is an inner planet.

Earth's SisterYou probably know that Venus is considered to be Earth's sister planet. But, why? Venus is slightly smaller than the Earth, and less dense. Both have the same chemical composition and a relatively young surface.

It's a warm summer evening, and you are laying down on the soft grass. The glittering stars twinkle against the dark skies. All of a sudden, an extremely bright object catches your eye. You recognize it immediately – it’s Venus. Venus is a very unique planet with many interesting qualities that is known for its brightness. The following below will provide you with information about this amazing planet!

Did You Know?To us, Venus also has phases. Since its orbit is between the Earth's and the Sun's, sometimes we can only see parts of it.

Basic FactsPosition: Second closest to the sunType of Planet: Inner planetDistance from Sun: 68 – 67 million miles from the sunRotation direction: CounterclockwiseLength of a Day: 116 DaysLength of a Year: 225 Earth DaysEstimated Age: About 4.5 billion years old

Your Life on VenusWhat would happen if you lived on Venus, just like the famous Ray Bradbury story, "All Summer in a Day"? Well, you probably wouldn't have just one hour of the sun each seven years, that's for sure! Venus's temperature is EXTREMELY hot! Its dense atmosphere traps lots of heat. In fact, it's hot enough to melt lead! Venus's atmospheric pressure is NINETY times as much as Earth's! We would have to have lots of technology to survive there! There is no liquid water on Venus, and the rotation is more than 200 days! Also, your 20 lb bookbag on Earth would weigh a little over 18 lbs! Life on Venus would be extremely different from Earth! We'd have to adapt to its unusual features!

Visiting VenusHumans have been exploring Venus and its amazing qualities for more than fifty years! Its first exploration, by the Mariner 2, has led to many other explorations and collected data about the moon.



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