Venus is defined as the Roman goddess of beauty and love, or the second planet from the sun.
Facts About the Planet Venus
- Venus was named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty.
- It is visible a few hours before sunrise and a few hours after sunset and cannot be seen in the middle of the night.
- Its orbit around the Sun takes about 225 days.
- The planet rotates from east to west, which is the opposite way of most planets. Therefore, the sun rises in the west and sets in the east.
- Its rotation is slow compared to other planets, with a day lasting the equivalent of 243 Earth days.
- Venus has no moons.
- Venus is made mostly of silicate rock.
- With a surface pressure ninety times higher than Earth’s, life could not survive there.
- Venus has a thick atmosphere mostly of carbon dioxide.
- It is covered by clouds of sulfuric acid which move around the planet quickly because of strong winds in the upper atmosphere. The clouds block light and create a greenhouse effect, so Venus’s temperature can reach 900 degrees Fahrenheit.
- There is and has been volcanic activity. There are high mountains, most likely caused by this volcanic activity, and extremely large rift valleys.
- Venus has no moons and no one really knows why.
- Venus has been explored with a fly-by of Mariner 2 in 1962, two Soviet probes and a landing in 1970, photographs by Mariner 10 and t0 spacecrafts from 1975; through 1984, and the U.S. space probe mapping the surface using radar in 1990.
- Today the details of objects as small as 330 feet across can now been seen on Venus from the images sent back to Earth.
- An example of Venus is the mother of Aeneas.
- An example of Venus is the sixth largest planet in the solar system.
The planet Venus.
- Rom. Myth. the goddess of love and beauty: identified with the Greek Aphrodite
- a statue or image of Venus
- a very beautiful woman
- the brightest, sixth-largest planet in the solar system and the second in distance from the sun, with a dense atmosphere of carbon dioxide and a very high surface temperature: diameter, c. 12,100 km (c. 7,520 mi); period of revolution, c. 224.7 earth days; period of rotation (retrograde), 243.01 earth days; symbol, ♀
Origin of VenusMiddle English ; from Classical Latin literally , love ; from Indo-European an unverified form wenos, desire ; from base an unverified form wen-, to strive for, attain from source Old English wine, friend, winnan, to win
- Roman Mythology The goddess of love and beauty.
- The second planet from the sun, having an average radius of 6,052 kilometers (3,761 miles), a mass 0.82 times that of Earth, and a sidereal period of revolution about the sun of 224.7 days at a mean distance of approximately 108.2 million kilometers (67.2 million miles).
Origin of VenusMiddle English, from Old English, from Latin, love, Venus; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.
false-color image produced from radar images taken by the Magellan probe
- Any of the bivalve molluscs in the genus Venus or family Veneridae.
From Latin Venus