Pictures of the Planet Venus
- Lessons in Astronomy -
Information About the Planet 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.
is about the same size as Earth. Its diameter is 7,519 miles and
its surface gravity is 91% that of Earth.
atmosphere consists mainly of carbon dioxide along with droplets of
The thickness of the atmosphere causes a greenhouse-like effect, resulting
in a mean surface temperature of 855 degrees Fahrenheit (457 C).
of Venus by Magellan
- Computer Simulated Global View Centered at 180 Degrees East Longitude