Venus Facts and Information

Introduction

Venus is the second planet from the sun and the hottest one in our solar system with temperatures up to 462°C. It is often referred to as Earths sister planet as they are similar in size, mass and density but it is thought to be the least hospitable planet due to its intense heat. Venus is one of the brightest objects in the sky next to the sun and the moon, it is the sixth largest planet in our solar system.  The surface of the planet is rocky and covered in cratered and volcanic land. It also has clouds on the surface made up of sulphuric acid, these clouds are so thick that they stop the heat escaping from the planet keeping the temperature high.

Facts about Venus

  • Venus was named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty
  • More than 40 space craft’s have explored Venus, Russia sent the first.
  • Venus spins in the opposite direction of other planets
  • One day on Venus lasts as long as 243 Earth days
  • The atmospheric pressure on Venus is 92 times greater than Earths
  • Studies show that Venus had water on it but it evaporated over time
  • Venus is made up of 96% carbon dioxide, 3% nitrogen and traces of other gases
  • Venus has a mountain more than 5 miles high called Maat Mon.
  • It is around 40 million km from Earth

Venus Data

  • Diameter (Km) 12,104
  • Mass 4.867E24 kg
  • Density (Kg/m³) 5243
  • Temperature (°C) 462
  • Distance from sun (Km) 108 Million
  • Rotation period 5832.5 hours
  • Length of Day 2802 hours
  • Orbital period 224.7 days
  • Number of moons 0
  • Magnetic field No
  • Ring system No