Radius: 3,760 mi
Distance from the Sun: 67.24 million miles
Mass 4.867 × 10^24 kg (0.815 M⊕)
Length of Day 116d 18h 0m
Orbital period 225 Days

Venus is an inferior planet in the Solar System, orbiting the Sun at 67 million miles (or 72% of earths orbit known as an Astronomical Unit).

It is often called Earth's "sister planet", due to the fact that it looks cool in the night sky. However, if you actually send a lump of metal over there to check it out one will find that this is not so.

The pressure of the atmosphere of Venus is 92 times that of earth, with pressure equal to that of a kilometer under Earth's ocean. Because of this, most lumps of metal we send over get crushed into tiny pieces when still 20 km above the surface. The atmosphere is made of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and some other junk, carbon dioxide is a Greenhouse gas and the CO2 in the atmosphere makes Venus so hot.

Due to intense pressure, few of the lumps of metal we send over can ever really reach the surface of Venus. There the rocks glow with heat hotter than the days on planet Mercury. (462 C VS. 420 C) There is little light however, as the atmosphere does not allow much sunlight to reach the surface.

80% of the surface of Venus is just volcanic plains. There are 2 highland "continents" making up the rest of the surface.

Day and year

Venus is the only planet we know that has a day longer then its year. It is retrograde and 243 times longer then earths day.


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