The second planet from the Sun in the solar system. Venus orbits the Sun at an average distance 0.7 AU. The planet has a mass of 0.08 times the mass of Earth and a radius 0.95 times the radius of Earth. It is made of solid, rocky material and has a predominantly carbon dioxide atmosphere. Clouds of sulfuric acid cover the entire planet. Venus has no moons.


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Moon and Companions Two planets without moons Friday, February 5, 2016
Moon and Venus A “liquid” atmosphere for Venus Thursday, February 4, 2016
Moon and Venus Dropping in on a nasty planet Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Cloudy Skies Cloudy skies across the solar system Sunday, December 27, 2015
Moon and Venus A spacecraft gets a second chance Sunday, December 6, 2015
Moon and Companions A beautiful meeting in the dawn sky Friday, November 6, 2015
Venus and Mars Planets huddle close in the dawn sky Sunday, November 1, 2015
Venus and Jupiter A great show from the “morning star” Friday, October 23, 2015
Morning Trio The first look at a hidden landscape Thursday, October 22, 2015
Moon and Venus Beauty and fire in the dawn sky Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Changing Addresses Venus moves to the morning sky Saturday, August 15, 2015
Moon and Venus Losing our eyes and ears on Venus Friday, June 19, 2015
Moon and Venus The “evening star” slows down Thursday, May 21, 2015
Moon and Venus Double “smacks” for a young planet Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Venus and Aldebaran Battle of the sexes in the evening sky Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Moon and Venus Shaking up the solar system Sunday, March 22, 2015
Triple Play II Two very different neighbors Friday, February 20, 2015
Brackets Bright lights bracket the evening sky Sunday, February 1, 2015
Moon and Venus Venus’s nightside goes green Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Close to the End A Venus-watching spacecraft nears its end Monday, October 13, 2014
Moon and Venus Visiting the cool mountains of Venus Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Venus and Mercury Bright, hot planets in the dawn sky Friday, July 11, 2014
Moon and Venus A brilliant early morning encounter Monday, June 23, 2014
Moon and Venus A case of deceptive beauty Saturday, May 24, 2014
Moon and Venus Racking up the frequent-flyer miles Thursday, April 24, 2014
More Moon and Venus Probing an unpredictable polar vortex Thursday, March 27, 2014
Moon and Venus A roller-coaster ride for a bright planet Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Moon and Venus Love and beauty in the dawn sky Monday, February 24, 2014
Brilliant Venus The “morning star” at its brightest Thursday, February 13, 2014
Moon and Venus A beautiful dawn encounter Monday, January 27, 2014
Morning Planets Bright planets in the dawn sky Friday, January 17, 2014
Vanishing Venus The demise of the evening star Monday, December 30, 2013
Moon and Venus Lighting up a Venusian day Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Moon and Venus Lighting up a night sky Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Moon and Venus Paving the surfaces of two worlds Monday, October 7, 2013
Venus and Saturn Windy planets in the evening sky Monday, September 16, 2013
Moon and Venus Phasing in on the “evening star” Sunday, September 8, 2013
Venus and Spica The always-hot “evening star” Thursday, September 5, 2013
Moon and Venus An unforgiving environment Friday, August 9, 2013
Venus and Regulus A fairy tale in the evening sky Saturday, July 20, 2013
Moon and Venus Heating up the “evening star” Wednesday, July 10, 2013
More Moon and Planets Putting a new spin on the evening star Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Moon and Planets Lining up the “evening star” Monday, June 10, 2013
Bright Contrasts Different worlds with a similar look Monday, May 27, 2013
Venus and Antares Snow clouds on a hot world? Saturday, December 22, 2012
More Mariner 2 Destroying a “second Earth” Friday, December 14, 2012
Mariner 2 Pioneering a path to another world Thursday, December 13, 2012
More Venus and Regulus A well-timed early morning encounter Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Moon and Venus Drying out a wet planet Sunday, September 9, 2012
Moon, Venus, Mercury Getting close to the Sun Monday, August 13, 2012
Moon and Venus A close encounter in the dawn sky Sunday, August 12, 2012
More Moon and Companions A sky show that’s worth getting up for Saturday, July 14, 2012
Venus and Aldebaran Bright and brighter in the dawn sky Friday, July 6, 2012
Brilliant Venus Lighting up the “evening star” Saturday, April 28, 2012
Moon and Venus Resetting the clocks on Venus Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Venus and Aldebaran The demise of a star and planet Sunday, April 8, 2012
More Venus and Jupiter Worlds with and without companions Monday, March 12, 2012
Venus and Jupiter Following a pair of cosmic headlights Sunday, March 11, 2012
Planetary Flashes Lighting up the clouds of Venus Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Moon and Venus Paving the surface of a bright planet Monday, December 26, 2011
More Moon and Venus Ancient oceans on a dry world Sunday, November 27, 2011
Moon and Venus A skin-deep planetary beauty Saturday, November 26, 2011
Mikhail Lomonosov The man who discovered an atmosphere Saturday, November 19, 2011
Venus Returns The return of the “evening star” Friday, October 28, 2011
Changing Addresses Peering into a hidden planet Sunday, August 21, 2011
Transit of 1761, Part IV A ring of fire around a planet Thursday, June 9, 2011
Transit of 1761, Part III Ducking cannonfire in the name of science Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Transit of Venus One year away from a rare event Sunday, June 5, 2011
Venus and Jupiter Twin headlights in the dawn sky Monday, May 9, 2011
Moon and Venus A close but far-away planet Friday, April 29, 2011
April Springing into a beautiful month Friday, April 1, 2011
Moon and Venus Searching for an elusive moon Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Moon and Venus A blazing-hot weather forecast Sunday, February 27, 2011
Brilliant Venus Tracking a brilliant planet Friday, January 7, 2011

Featured Images

A brilliant aurora from the International Space Station
Fiery Sky Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Venus, Mercury, and the earthshine-illuminated crescent Moon
Lighting the Shadows Friday, May 30, 2014
Venus Express movie showing south polar vortex
Double Vortex Thursday, March 27, 2014
Magellan view of the giant Sapas Mons volcano on Venus
Venusian Vulcanism Monday, October 7, 2013
Artist's concept of Mariner 2 flying past Venus, December 14, 1962
First Encounter Thursday, December 13, 2012
June 5, 2012, Venus transit from International Space Station
Seeing Spots Saturday, June 9, 2012
Ultraviolet view of Venusian clouds from Venus Express orbiter
Cloudy Skies Saturday, November 26, 2011
Venus's path across the Sun during the transit of 1761
Bright Passage Monday, June 6, 2011
Japanese spacecraft Akatsuki at Venus
Venusian Dawn Monday, December 6, 2010
A false-color image of Idunn Mons indicates that the Venusian volcano is still a
Still Going? Friday, July 9, 2010
The sky glows orange in this artist's concept of the atmosphere of Venus.
Dusky Skies Tuesday, June 15, 2010


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