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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.



Venus February 10, 2016

Radio Programs

Moon and Venus One planet pushes around another September 9, 2021

Bookends Bright bookends in the early evening August 15, 2021

Moon and Venus A timekeeper’s nightmare August 10, 2021

Moon and Venus Hints of life in Venus’s clouds June 11, 2021

Missing Venus The planet Venus goes missing March 26, 2021

Venera 7 The first landing on another planet December 15, 2020

Moon and Venus A planet that stays active November 11, 2020

Visiting Venus All eyes on the planet Venus October 14, 2020

Moon and Venus Sweeping across the morning sky September 13, 2020

Moon and Venus Turning up a planet’s thermostat August 14, 2020

Morning Venus Peeking at the surface of Venus August 10, 2020

Venus and Aldebaran Bright lights in the dawn sky July 9, 2020

Moon and Venus A high-speed ride through the clouds June 18, 2020

New Missions Pondering new explorations June 5, 2020

Venus Disappears Moving from evenings to mornings June 3, 2020

Moon and Venus Shining a light on Venus’s day April 26, 2020

Venus and Aldebaran Bright lights passing in the night April 6, 2020

Moon and Venus Living in the clouds of Venus March 28, 2020

Towering Venus The “evening star” stands tall March 23, 2020

Moon and Venus Windy skies for the “evening star” February 27, 2020

Evening Mercury Lighting up some evening planets February 8, 2020

Moon and Venus Cooling off a hot planet December 28, 2019

Moon and Venus Rethinking the surface of Venus October 29, 2019

Venus Returns Venus tries to climb into view September 28, 2019

Venus on the Move The planet Venus on the move August 13, 2019

Moon and Venus “Lively” stripes on Venus April 30, 2019

Moon and Venus Pockmarked worlds in the dawn sky March 31, 2019

Venus and Saturn Contrasting planets in the dawn sky February 17, 2019

Moon and Venus Plotting the “morning star” January 30, 2019

Morning Lights Lighting up the dawn of the new year December 31, 2018

Venus and Spica A bright pairing in the dawn sky November 13, 2018

Moon and Venus Changing the day on Venus November 4, 2018

More Moon and Venus Putting Venus in its place August 14, 2018

Moon and Venus Living in the clouds of Venus July 15, 2018

Venus and Regulus Venus and the heart of the lion July 7, 2018

Venus and Gemini Breaking up the surface of Venus June 11, 2018

Moon and Venus The mysteries of the “evening star” May 17, 2018

Moon and Venus Beautiful but deadly clouds April 17, 2018

Moon and Venus Dropping in on a neighbor October 17, 2017

Moon and Venus An early solar-system paradise September 16, 2017

Moon and Venus A brilliant early morning encounter July 19, 2017

Venus and Aldebaran A fleeting encounter in the morning sky July 10, 2017

Venus at Elongation Venus pulls away from the Sun June 2, 2017

More Moon and Venus Leaving the planet Venus alone May 21, 2017

Moon and Venus Looking for a neighboring moon April 22, 2017

Three Venuses One Venus here, two more elsewhere April 13, 2017

Moving Day Moving day for the “evening star” March 24, 2017

More Moon, Mars, Venus Giant spiders on the planet Venus March 1, 2017

Moon and Planets Too hot, too cold, and just right January 30, 2017

Moon and Venus Revving up Venus’s clouds December 2, 2016

Venus and Saturn A planetary illusion in the twilight October 29, 2016

More Moon and Planets Variety in the evening sky October 6, 2016

Moon and Venus Seeing the surface through the clouds October 2, 2016

Moon and Venus A planet with smooth skin September 3, 2016

Venus Rising Venus rising in the evening sky August 4, 2016

Moon and Venus Tracing a path for the morning star March 6, 2016

Moon and Companions Two planets without moons February 5, 2016

Moon and Venus A “liquid” atmosphere for Venus February 4, 2016

Moon and Venus Dropping in on a nasty planet January 5, 2016

Featured Images

Davinci capsule parachutes toward Venus

Just Dropping In June 5, 2020

artist's concept of ancient venus

Living in the Clouds? July 15, 2018

Daytime and nighttime views of Venus

Venusian Skies April 17, 2018

Sniffing Venusian Air October 17, 2017

A brilliant aurora from the International Space Station

Fiery Sky January 21, 2015