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Venus Facts for Kids

  • Planet Name: Venus
  • Planet Type: Terrestrial
  • Region: Inner Solar System
  • Moons: 0
  • Rotation Period: 243.018 (Earth days)
  • Sun Orbit Period: 0.61519725 (Earth years)
  • Discovered: 1610 (First telescope observation)

14 Venus Facts For Kids

  1. The planet Venus was formed from a small part of a giant molecular cloud that had a gravitational collapse about 4.6 billion years ago.
  2. Venus was first observed back in prehistoric times due to it being the one of the brightest objects in the sky, with the earliest known written records coming from the 16th century BCE astronomical documents. The first observation of Venus using a telescope was in 1610 by Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei.
  3. Venus is classified as a terrestrial planet (telluric or rocky planet).
  4. Venus’s atmosphere contains approximately 96% carbon dioxide and 4% nitrogen.
  5. Venus is the second closest planet to the Sun at 67,238,251 miles or 0.72 astronomical units.
  6. Venus is the third smallest planet in our Solar System with a radius of 3,761 miles or 95% the size of Earth.
  7. Light from the Sun takes 6 minutes (360 seconds) to reach Venus.
  8. Venus completes an orbit around the Sun every 0.61519725 Earth years.
  9. Venus completes a full planet rotation every 243.018 Earth days.
  10. Venus is the hottest planet in our Solar System with an average surface temperature of 867 °F.
  11. Venus has no moons (natural satellites).
  12. Venus is one of the four planets in our Solar System that doesn’t have a ring system.
  13. The first spacecraft to explore and study Venus was NASA’s Mariner 2 space probe on December 14th, 1962.
  14. Venus was the first planet to have a spacecraft soft land and transmit data back to Earth. This was accomplished by the USSR space program on December 15th, 1970 using the Venera 7 space probe.

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Venus Pictures

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the below images will be helpful for your research on the planet Venus. Below are three various pictures of Venus. These pictures should help you better understand Venus, one of the eight planets in our Solar System.

Picture of Venus by MESSENGER

A picture of Venus by MESSENGER.

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
Barton Crater on Venus Surface

A picture of the Barton Crater on Venus.

Credit: NASA/JPL
A 3D Model of the Surface of Venus

A picture of 3D model of the surface of Venus.

Credit: NASA/JPL

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