Evening Star

Evening Star

Venus, the second planet away from the sun, completes one revolution in about 225 earth days. It is a very bright heavenly body, which has a peak apparent magnitude of -4.6. This brightness is enough to cast shadows on earth. Because it shines most brightly right before the sun rises and right after the sun sets, it is called the Evening Star and the Morning Star.

Terrestrial Planet

Terrestrial Planet

A terrestrial planet is a planet which has solid surfaces and is primarily composed of silicate racks and/or metals. There are 4 known terrestrial planets in our solar system – Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, which are all inner planets and one terrestrial dwarf planet, Ceres, located in the asteroid belt. These planets share similar characteristics such as proximity to the soon, few or no moons, absence of planetary rings such as Saturn’s, relatively weaker magnetic fields and closely spaced […]

Surface of Venus

Surface of Venus

Venus is one of the brightest objects in space visible in the night sky. Knowing its location, Venus is still visible during daytime. Because of its distance from the Sun, a full revolution is shorter than that of Earths’. Upon examination using a telescope, Venus’ surface is covered by a thick layer of sulphuric acid clouds. These clouds are formed because of the volcanoes abundant on the planet. Even if the planet named after the Roman goddess of love and […]

When Was Venus Discovered

When Was Venus Discovered

Venus, the second planet from the sun, is named after the Roman god of beauty and love (in Greek mythology, Venus is known as Aphrodite). Perhaps the planet was named after the god because of how it appeared on Earth. Bright and very visible, Venus is easily the brightest object in the sky at night—next to the Moon, of course. Because of the visibility, the people from the pre-historic times have known that Venus existed. And since the discovery happened […]

Venus Has No Moon

Venus Has No Moon

Venus is the planet that most resembles Earth. Like the Earth, it is a terrestrial planet, which means that it is composed mainly of rocks. The size and the mass of Venus are also close to that of the Earth’s. For these reasons, it is often called Earth’s sister planet or Earth’s twin. However, one of the most baffling differences between the two planets is that Venus does not have a natural satellite or moon.

What Does Venus Look Like

What Does Venus Look Like

When the closeness to the sun among planets is being based upon, planet Venus is ranked as the second closest planet. Among all of the inner planets, Venus may be considered as the most misunderstood. Similar to planet Earth, Venus also owns an atmosphere and this is by far thicker when compared to our home planet. The thickness of Venus atmosphere is the reason why the modern science has the difficulty of penetrating the planet. Because of the fact that […]

Who Discovered Venus

Although it isn’t the biggest planet in the Solar System and the closest planet from the Earth, Venus is the brightest when you at the sky at night. Even without any telescopes, one can see the Venus during certain points of the day. The same can be said about the four other classical planets—Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. But since Venus, named aptly after the god of love and beauty, is the brightest, it is easily the most visible. The […]

The Atmosphere of Venus

The Atmosphere of Venus

Venus’ atmosphere was discovered in 1761 by a Russian academician named Mikhail Lomonosov. The atmosphere of Venus is hotter and denser than the atmosphere of Earth. Its atmosphere is filled with clouds that are made up of sulfuric acid and is opaque in color. Because of this you cannot observe the Venetian Surface. Sulfuric acid rain is common on Venus but it never reaches the surface. This is because it evaporates before it touches the ground. This phenomenon is known […]

Temperature on Venus – The Hottest Planet

Venus is the Roman goddess of love and so it is appropriate that she shares her name with the hottest planet in the Solar System. The average surface temperature of the planet is 735° Kelvin or 460° Celsius; in contrast, the average surface temperature of Mercury, which is 50% closer to the sun, is 420° C. There are also no variations in temperature no matter where on the planet you are and whether it is day or night. However, if […]

What is Venus Made Of?

What is Venus Made Of?

Referred to as the Earth’s twin, Venus is indeed quite similar to our own planet when it comes to composition except for a few significant differences. First off, its total diameter is only 650 km less than that of Earth’s and its mass is about 81.5% of our planet. It is also classified as a terrestrial planet and is the brightest object in our skies right after the moon. In fact, it reaches its maximum brightness shortly before sunrise or […]