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 Cloud-covered Venus is the second planet from...

Radio Programs

Moon and Venus A “liquid” atmosphere for Venus Thursday, February 4, 2016
Moon and Venus Beauty and fire in the dawn sky Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Moon and Venus Visiting the cool mountains of Venus Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Venus and Spica The always-hot “evening star” Thursday, September 5, 2013
Moon and Venus Paving the surface of a bright planet Monday, December 26, 2011
More Moon and Venus Ancient oceans on a dry world Sunday, November 27, 2011

Featured Images

Magellan view of the giant Sapas Mons volcano on Venus
Venusian Vulcanism Monday, October 7, 2013
Japanese spacecraft Akatsuki at Venus
Venusian Dawn Monday, December 6, 2010
A false-color image of Idunn Mons indicates that the Venusian volcano is still a
Still Going? Friday, July 9, 2010
The sky glows orange in this artist's concept of the atmosphere of Venus.
Dusky Skies Tuesday, June 15, 2010


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