Venus is the planet most similar to Earth in size. However the comparison stops there. We could not survive a minute on Venus. It's the hottest planet on the solar system with temperatures reaching 860 degrees. Although it is further from the sun than Mercury, its thick atmosphere retains (keeps in) heat. Venus's atmosphere is made up of mostly carbon dioxide and sulphuric acid so we would have no oxygen to breathe and the acid would eat through us in minutes. Venus has many active volcanoes on its surface.
Venus was named after the Roman Goddess of love and beauty. It is the only planet named after a female. It is sometimes referred to as the morning or evening star. This is because we are facing the sun when we look at Venus (Since it's between the sun and Earth). Therefore it would be day when Venus is visible. Only during evening and morning would the sky be dark enough to see Venus. Venus is the brightest planet in the Earth's night sky due to its closeness and a size larger than Mars. We have sent a spaceship to Venus to explore but it only lasted a few hours before the harsh conditions on Venus destroyed it.
Posted: Monday, February 22, 2016