Facts About Venus
Venus is one of the eight main planets of the solar system, which is also the second-closest to the Sun. The planet is named after Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love, becoming the only one in the eight planets to be named after a female figure. The other two planets named after a female are dwarf planets - Ceres, named after the Roman Goddess Ceres, and Eris, named after the Roman Goddess Eris. Mariner 2 was the first spacecraft to visit Venus and it landed on the planet's surface in 1962. If you want to know more about Venus, make use of the fun and interesting facts provided in the lines below.
Fun and Interesting Facts about Venus
- Venus is the brightest natural object in the night sky, with Moon being the only exception.
- Venus reaches its maximum brightness shortly before sunrise and shortly after sunset. This is the reason why it is usually called the 'Morning Star' or the 'Evening Star'.
- Being primarily composed of silicate rocks, Venus has been classified as a terrestrial planet.
- Venus is sometimes called 'Earth's sister planet', mainly due to the fact that the two are similar in size, gravity, and bulk composition.
- Venus is the sixth-largest planet in the solar system.
- The reason why Venus is not visible from Earth in the day is that it is covered with an opaque layer of highly reflective clouds of sulfuric acid.
- Of all the terrestrial planets, Venus boasts of having the densest atmosphere, which mainly comprises of carbon dioxide.
- The atmospheric pressure at the surface of Venus is 92 times that of the Earth.
- It is believed that the surface of Venus is relatively young, approximately half a billion years old.
- The distance of Venus from Sun is 108,208,930 km.
- One day on Venus Day is equal to 243 days on Earth, while its one year is equal to 224.7 days on Earth.
- The orbital speed of Venus is 35 km/sec and the eccentricity of its orbit is 0.007.
- Venus does not have even one satellite.
- The surface of Venus is very dry and characterized with flat plains, highland regions, and depressions.
- Just like Earth, the interior of Venus is composed of a central iron core and a molten rocky mantle.
- The rotation of Venus is opposite than that of Earth and there, Sun rises in the West.
- Venus is the hottest as well as the brightest of all planets in the solar system.
- Venus is the only planet in the Solar System that rotates clockwise. All the other planets turn anti-clockwise.
- Venus has more volcanoes than any other planet in the Solar System. Whether these volcanoes are active or not, is still not known.
- Around 80 percent of Venus's surface is made of smooth volcanic plains, with the rest claiming to have two highland 'continents'.
- The equatorial radius of Venus is 6,051.8 km, while its equatorial circumference is 38,025 km.
- The volume is Venus is 928,400,000,000 km3, while its mass is 4,868,5 x 1020 kg and density is 5.24 g/cm3.
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