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The Planet Venus

Venus is the second planet from the sun and the closest planet to Earth. It is named after the Roman Goddess of love and beauty. In Greek, her name was Aphrodite. Its size makes it the sixth largest planet in the Solar System.

It’s extremely hot and deadly atmosphere makes it nearly impos-sible for any human to explore it’s surface. Venus’ atmosphere is far thicker than that of Earth. It is only recently that scientists have been able to peek through its thick clouds and get a glimpse of the surface. The clouds surrounding Venus are comprised mostly of sulfuric acid.

The diameter of Venus is about 7,520 miles. Venus is known as Earth’s twin sister because of its similar size. It is the brightest planet viewed from Earth. It takes 224 days for Venus to orbit around the sun.

Read more about Venus in today’s Outer Space!

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