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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

More Moon and Venus Looking for life in an unlikely spot November 8, 2023

Moon and Venus Returning to an old friend November 7, 2023

Moon and Venus A long run for the “morning star” October 7, 2023

Brilliant Venus Dark scars for the “morning star” September 17, 2023

Morning Move Venus makes a big move August 13, 2023

Venus and Mercury Two planets that just make sense July 21, 2023

Moon and Venus Troublesome “wanderers” in the night sky July 19, 2023

Volcanic Venus Evidence of an “active” planet July 7, 2023

Venus and Mars Planetary opposites get close June 29, 2023

Moon, Venus, El Nath A planet without seasons April 23, 2023

Moon, Venus, Jupiter Revisiting a close neighbor February 21, 2023

Moon and Companions Looking for life in unlikely places December 25, 2022

Venus Rising Venus returns to view December 9, 2022

Moon and Venus The two faces of the planet Venus August 24, 2022

Moon and Venus Scaling the tallest mountains July 25, 2022

Moon and Venus Floating through the clouds of Venus June 25, 2022

Moon, Venus, and Jupiter Tracking worlds across the daytime sky April 26, 2022

Moon and Companions II The Moon runs the gauntlet April 25, 2022

Morning Venus The “morning star” on a seesaw March 18, 2022

Venus and Mars Volcanoes on our closest neighbors February 18, 2022

Morning Venus A new time for a brilliant planet January 8, 2022

Moon and Venus Lighting up the Venusian night December 6, 2021

Evening Star Following the brilliant “evening star” October 29, 2021

Moon and Venus Paying new calls on the planet Venus October 9, 2021

Reading Atmospheres The complicated hunt for life October 4, 2021

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

Featured Images

images showing the surface of venus

Seeing Deep February 10, 2022

dark landscape of venus below an orange-colored sky and dark clouds

Hot Planet December 29, 2021

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