Amazing Facts About Venus

Venus rotates around its own axis at only four miles per hour (6.5 kilometers per hour). So you could walk around Venus faster than it can turn itself.

Scientists assume that Venus once offered Earth-like conditions and even had oceans. However, the extreme greenhouse effect caused a sharp rise in temperature, so that the water finally evaporated.

Venus is sometimes called the sister planet of the Earth. Its diameter is only five percent smaller, its mass deviates downwards by 19 percent and its gravity is 90 percent of the Earth’s gravity.

On Venus, a day is shorter than a year. Because of its low rotational speed, it takes longer to rotate on its own axis than to orbit the Sun.

A year on Venus lasts only 225 earth days.

Uranus and Venus rotate in the opposite direction compared to the rotation of the Earth and the other planets in our solar system. Therefore, the sun rises in the west and sets in the east.

The atmospheric pressure on Venus is 90 times higher than on Earth.

The atmosphere of Venus consists almost exclusively of carbon dioxide.

Venus has more than 1,000 volcanoes, of which the highest – Maat Mons – is eight kilometers high.

The Russians were the first on Venus, because in 1966 the Soviet Venera 3 was the first spacecraft landed on Venus, although both the USA and the Soviet Union had already made attempts to do so.

Venus is the brightest planet in the night sky and overall, it is the third brightest object – after the sun and the moon.

Venus is surrounded by dense clouds of sulfuric acid.

Venus is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Possibly the planet got this name because the Babylonians called it the “bright Queen of the sky”.

Venus is the only planet in our solar system that is named after a female god.

Venus can be seen with the naked eye. That is why the first written mention of Venus was in ancient Babylon in 1600 BC.

Neptune, Saturn, and Venus are the names of three seaside resorts in Romania.

Venus has an average temperature of 863 degrees Fahrenheit (462 degrees Celsius), so that lead would simply melt on the surface. Therefore, Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system.

Besides Venus, Mercury is the only planet that does not have a moon.

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