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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 Turning up a planet’s thermostat August 14, 2020

Morning Venus Peeking at the surface of Venus August 10, 2020

Moon and Venus Shining a light on Venus’s day April 26, 2020

Moon and Venus Cooling off a hot planet December 28, 2019

Moon and Venus Pockmarked worlds in the dawn sky March 31, 2019

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 Dropping in on a neighbor October 17, 2017

More Moon and Venus Leaving the planet Venus alone May 21, 2017

More Moon, Mars, Venus Giant spiders on the planet Venus March 1, 2017

Moon and Venus A planet with smooth skin September 3, 2016

Moon and Venus A “liquid” atmosphere for Venus February 4, 2016

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