Venus Facts: Space And Planets

Venus is the second planet from the Sun and the third brightest object in Earth's sky after the Sun and Moon. It is sometimes referred to as the sister planet to Earth, because their size and mass are so similar. Venus is also the closest planet to Earth. The surface of Venus is hidden by an opaque layer of clouds which are formed from sulphuric acid.

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  • A day on Venus is longer than its year.
  • Of all the solar system's planets, Venus is the closest to a twin of Earth, with a similar size, orbit and composition.
  • Floating cities above the clouds of Venus may be our best bet for becoming a two-planet species. Conditions there are so similar to Earth a human wouldn't need a pressurized suit, the gravity is similar and transit times are shorter than to Mars.

  • It snows metal on planet Venus.
  • The surface gravities of Venus, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are all quite similar (within 15%) to Earth's.
  • There are 5 planets you can see with the naked eye, not using a telescope: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
  • Your voice would be deeper on Venus because its dense atmosphere would cause your vocal cords to vibrate more slowly.

  • The Soviets landed a spacecraft on Venus in 1970. It became the first to land on another planet and the first to transmit data from there back to Earth.
  • Venus has more volcanoes than any other planet in the solar system, with over 1600.
  • Temperatures in Venus can reach a 870 degrees Fahrenheit (470 degrees Celsius).
  • Winds howl across Venus at super-fast speeds that can reach 450 mph (724 kph) in its middle cloud layer.