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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

Featured Images

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

Radio Programs

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

Close to the End A Venus-watching spacecraft nears its end October 12, 2014

Moon and Venus Visiting the cool mountains of Venus July 22, 2014

Venus and Mercury Bright, hot planets in the dawn sky July 10, 2014

Moon and Venus A brilliant early morning encounter June 22, 2014

Moon and Venus A case of deceptive beauty May 23, 2014

Moon and Venus Racking up the frequent-flyer miles April 23, 2014

More Moon and Venus Probing an unpredictable polar vortex March 26, 2014

Moon and Venus A roller-coaster ride for a bright planet March 25, 2014

Moon and Venus Love and beauty in the dawn sky February 23, 2014

Brilliant Venus The “morning star” at its brightest February 12, 2014

Moon and Venus A beautiful dawn encounter January 26, 2014

Morning Planets Bright planets in the dawn sky January 16, 2014

Vanishing Venus The demise of the evening star December 29, 2013

Moon and Venus Lighting up a Venusian day December 3, 2013

Moon and Venus Lighting up a night sky November 4, 2013

Moon and Venus Paving the surfaces of two worlds October 6, 2013

Venus and Saturn Windy planets in the evening sky September 15, 2013

Moon and Venus Phasing in on the “evening star” September 7, 2013

Venus and Spica The always-hot “evening star” September 4, 2013

Moon and Venus An unforgiving environment August 8, 2013

Venus and Regulus A fairy tale in the evening sky July 19, 2013

Moon and Venus Heating up the “evening star” July 9, 2013

More Moon and Planets Putting a new spin on the evening star June 10, 2013

Moon and Planets Lining up the “evening star” June 9, 2013

Bright Contrasts Different worlds with a similar look May 26, 2013

Venus and Antares Snow clouds on a hot world? December 21, 2012

More Mariner 2 Destroying a “second Earth” December 13, 2012

Mariner 2 Pioneering a path to another world December 12, 2012

More Venus and Regulus A well-timed early morning encounter October 1, 2012

Moon and Venus Drying out a wet planet September 8, 2012

Moon, Venus, Mercury Getting close to the Sun August 12, 2012

Moon and Venus A close encounter in the dawn sky August 11, 2012

More Moon and Companions A sky show that’s worth getting up for July 13, 2012

Venus and Aldebaran Bright and brighter in the dawn sky July 5, 2012

Brilliant Venus Lighting up the “evening star” April 27, 2012

Moon and Venus Resetting the clocks on Venus April 23, 2012

Venus and Aldebaran The demise of a star and planet April 7, 2012

More Venus and Jupiter Worlds with and without companions March 11, 2012

Venus and Jupiter Following a pair of cosmic headlights March 10, 2012

Planetary Flashes Lighting up the clouds of Venus February 6, 2012