Venus is the second planet from Sun. This planet is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. It is the second brightest object after moon in night’s sky. It is sometimes referred as earth’s sister planet because of their similar size and mass. This planet has no moons or rings. Uranus and Venus are the only planets that rotate clockwise on their axis while all other planets have a counter-clockwise rotation. Venus is the hottest planet in the entire solar system with an average surface temperature of 462°C. It is hot enough to melt lead. This planet is thought to be made up of a central iron core, rocky mantle, and silicate crust.
Fun Facts: –
- The Venusian surface is estimated to be around 300-400 million years old.
- This planet has a very weak magnetic field.
- It is the only planet in the entire solar system to be named after a female figure.
- In ancient times, it was also known as the morning star and the evening star.
- Venus has 92 times stronger atmospheric pressure as compared to the earth’s atmospheric pressure.
- On this planet, days out last years. A day lasts 243 Earth days and a year lasts only 224.7 earth days.
- This planet orbits sun within earth’s orbit so it appears to have different phases similar to the moon.
- If you know exactly where to look then you can see Venus even in daylight.
- Venus is earth’s closest neighbor in the solar system.
- Sometimes this planet can be bright enough in the night sky to cast shadows. These shadows are known as Venusian shadows.
- Due to the high temperature, the planet’s surface is extremely high.
- The Venusian atmosphere is mostly made up of carbon dioxide.
- Maat Mons is the largest volcano on the planet with a height of more than 5 miles.