|Orbital Period||224.70 days|
|Mean Distance from the Sun||108.2 million km|
|Rotation Period||243 days, 0 hours, 32 minutes|
|Mean Surface Temperature||464°C|
|Notes||The second planet of the Solar System from the Sun, Venus shines as the brighest object in the sky after the Sun and Moon. Its surface is pemanently obscured by an unbroken layer of sulphur dioxide clouds.|
A beautiful and brilliant sight in the evening or morning sky, Venus is actually an
inhospitable world, with 'rain' composed of sulphuric acid, and a surface temperature of
more than 400°C.
A pleasant day on Venus: the landscape bakes in temperatures hot enough
to melt tin. Nearby, stirred by the wind,a lake of sulphuric acid froths.
eSky © copyright Mark Fisher 1999-2016
Surface maps courtesy Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Copyright © California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. All rights reserved.