Outline of Venus

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Venus:

Venus – second planet from the Sun, orbiting it every 224.7 Earth days. It has the longest rotation period (243 days) of any planet in the Solar System and rotates in the opposite direction to most other planets. It has no natural satellite. It is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. It is the second-brightest natural object in the night sky after the Moon, reaching an apparent magnitude of −4.6, bright enough to cast shadows. Because Venus orbits within Earth's orbit it is an inferior planet. Venus is a terrestrial planet and is sometimes called Earth's "sister planet" because of their similar size, mass, proximity to the Sun, and bulk composition. It is radically different from Earth in other respects. It has the densest atmosphere of the four terrestrial planets, consisting of more than 96% carbon dioxide. The atmospheric pressure at the planet's surface is 92 times that of Earth, or roughly the pressure found 900 m (3,000 ft) underwater on Earth.

Classification of Venus

Location of Venus

Features of Venus

History of Venus

History of Venus

Exploration of Venus

Flybys and direct missions to explore Venus

Cancelled missions to explore Venus

Future of Venus exploration

Proposed missions to explore Venus

Venus in popular culture

See also


External links

  • Venus profile at NASA's Solar System Exploration site
  • Missions to Venus and Image catalog at the National Space Science Data Center
  • Soviet Exploration of Venus and Image catalog at Mentallandscape.com
  • Venus page at The Nine Planets
  • Transits of Venus at NASA.gov
  • Geody Venus, a search engine for surface features
Cartographic resources
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