Venus by Pioneer Credit NASA/JpL
Venus, Earth's Evil Twin
Its size is slightly smaller than Earth. It also features gravity similar to that of Earth. The force of gravity on Venus is slightly less than gravity on Earth. Venus is constantly covered by thick clouds of sulfuric acid, through which no visible light can penetrate. These clouds create the most corrosive acid rain found anywhere in our solar system. Venus has far fewer impact craters on its surface than Mercury, Mars, and Earth's moon The atmosphere of Venus is heavier than the atmosphere of any other planet. Because Venus is only slightly tilted on its axis, it has no real seasonal variation in temperature as does Earth—it is simply baking all the time. Because the large masses of clouds never clear from Venus’ skies, neither Earth nor the sun is ever visible from the planet’s surface. The two diameters for Venus are virtually the same, making the planet an almost perfect sphere.
Clouds covering the planet reflects sunlight very well, which is why Venus is the brightest planet.
Interesting facts in numbers • 0 – Venus has no Moons (Mercury too) • 0 – Venus features no liquid water • 0 – Venus has no detectable magnetic field • 1 – Venus is our nearest neighbor • 1 - the number of formations have been given names of a men, Mount Maxwell • 2 - Venus is the second planet from the Sun • 2 - Venus is the second planet, beside Uranus that rotates on its axis clockwise from east to west. • 2 - Venus is the second planet from the Sun • 2 - Venus is seen twice daily, it is the first planet or star visible in the western sky at night—and it is the last planet or star visible in the morning • 23 minutes - so resisted probe Venera 7 on Venus • 225 days land – the Venus year • 243 days Earth – the Venus day. The day on Venus is longer that its year. • 462 ° C - this is the average temperature on Venus • 584 Earth days - Venus change from an evening star (visible after sunset) to a morning star (visible before sunrise), and then vice versa. • 108 million kilometers - the average distance between Venus and the Sun
Venus by Magellan, in 1991 Credit: NASA