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When you have done this page, try the Venus Quiz.

Venus is the second planet from the sun. Venus is often called the evening star or morning star and is brighter than any object in the sky except the sun and the moon. Venus is best seen in the three hours before sunrise and the three hours after sunset.

Venus is about .67 million miles or 107 million kilometers from the sun. Venus' year equals about 225 days and is the amount of time it takes Venus to orbit around the sun. It comes closer to the earth than any other plane. It is very similar to the earth in size.

Venus is different than earth in several ways. It is covered with a thick layer of clouds. Its surface temperature is 890 degrees Fahrenheit or 476 Celsius. The cloud layer holds in the heat and keeps the planet much hotter than the earth.

The thick atmosphere made up mainly of carbon dioxide, with a slight amount of water vapor and a bit of nitrogen and other elements.

Venus rotates on its axis 243 earth days . The temperature is very similar on the lit (daytime) and unlit (nighttime) parts of the planet.

The surface of Venus is thought to be stormy. Scientists believe it has two long mountain ranges. It also has a portion similar to a continent called Aphrodite Terra that crosses the planet's equator and has faults. Another continental type portion, Ishtar Terra, is in the the north polar region. There are also craters caused by meteors and comets. It does not seem to have a strong magnetic field.

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