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Pictures of the Planet Venus
- Lessons in Astronomy -

Basic Information About the Planet Venus
 
Venus is the second planet from the Sun. It orbits the Sun every 225 days, but only rotates on its axis every 243 days. Venus' rotation is retrograde ("backwards") - which means it spins in the opposite direction of its orbit around the Sun. Venus is approximately 67.2 million miles from the Sun.

Venus is about the same size as Earth. Its diameter is 7,519 miles and its surface gravity is 91% that of Earth.

 
Venus' atmosphere consists mainly of carbon dioxide along with droplets of sulfuric acid.

The thickness of the atmosphere causes a greenhouse-like effect, resulting in a mean surface temperature of 855 degrees Fahrenheit (457 C).
 
 
Pictures of Venus by Magellan
   
   
Venus - Computer Simulated Global View Venus - Computer Simulated Global View Centered at 180 Degrees East Longitude
   
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Venus - Golubkina Crater Venus - Golubkina Crater
   
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3D Perspective of Golubkina Crater Venus - 3D Perspective of Golubkina Crater
   
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Hemispheric View of Venus Hemispheric View of Venus Centered at 0 Degrees East Longitude

(Color-coded to represent elevation)
   
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  All images are courtesy NASA/JPL  
 


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