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Venusian Surface

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 A “liquid” atmosphere for Venus February 4, 2016

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

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

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

Moon and Venus Paving the surface of a bright planet December 25, 2011

More Moon and Venus Ancient oceans on a dry world November 26, 2011

Featured Images

Magellan view of the giant Sapas Mons volcano on Venus

Venusian Vulcanism October 7, 2013

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