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Venus

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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Venus

Venus February 10, 2016

Radio Programs

Moon and Venus Beautiful but deadly clouds April 17, 2018

Venus and Mercury Hot and hotter in the evening sky March 5, 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

Cloudy Skies Cloudy skies across the solar system December 27, 2015

Moon and Venus A spacecraft gets a second chance December 6, 2015

Venus and Mars Planets huddle close in the dawn sky November 1, 2015

Venus and Jupiter A great show from the “morning star” October 22, 2015

Morning Trio The first look at a hidden landscape October 21, 2015

Moon and Venus Beauty and fire in the dawn sky September 7, 2015

Changing Addresses Venus moves to the morning sky August 14, 2015

Moon and Venus Losing our eyes and ears on Venus June 18, 2015

Moon and Venus The “evening star” slows down May 20, 2015

Moon and Venus Double “smacks” for a young planet April 20, 2015

Venus and Aldebaran Battle of the sexes in the evening sky April 14, 2015

Moon and Venus Shaking up the solar system March 21, 2015

Triple Play II Two very different neighbors February 19, 2015

Brackets Bright lights bracket the evening sky January 31, 2015

Moon and Venus Venus’s nightside goes green January 20, 2015

Featured Images

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

Venus, Mercury, and the earthshine-illuminated crescent Moon

Lighting the Shadows May 30, 2014

Venus Express movie showing south polar vortex

Double Vortex March 27, 2014

Magellan view of the giant Sapas Mons volcano on Venus

Venusian Vulcanism October 7, 2013

Artist's concept of Mariner 2 flying past Venus, December 14, 1962

First Encounter December 13, 2012

June 5, 2012, Venus transit from International Space Station

Seeing Spots June 9, 2012

Ultraviolet view of Venusian clouds from Venus Express orbiter

Cloudy Skies November 26, 2011

Venus's path across the Sun during the transit of 1761

Bright Passage June 6, 2011

Japanese spacecraft Akatsuki at Venus

Venusian Dawn December 6, 2010

A false-color image of Idunn Mons indicates that the Venusian volcano is still a

Still Going? July 9, 2010

The sky glows orange in this artist's concept of the atmosphere of Venus.

Dusky Skies June 15, 2010