AVERAGE DISTANCE FROM THE SUN
67,230,000 miles (108,200,000 km)
7,520 miles (12,100 km)
LENGTH OF DAY
243 Earth days
LENGTH OF YEAR
225 Earth days
NUMBER OF MOONS
AVERAGE SURFACE TEMPERATURE
Slightly smaller than Earth, Venus is the second planet from our sun. Covered by a thick, harsh atmosphere, its surface is a cratered and volcanic landscape.
Venus was named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty because it shines brighter than any other planet in Earth's sky.
Venus rotates in a direction opposite that of the rest of the planets.
Its thick, dense atmosphere traps heat in, creating temperatures up to 872°F (467°C) — hot enough to melt lead!
Venus' atmosphere is made mostly of carbon dioxide clouds. It rains sulfuric acid, but the drops evaporate in the intense heat before ever reaching the surface.
Exploring the planets, moons and other bodies orbiting our sun.