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Venus

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Venus is the second planet from the sun and the sixth largest planet in our solar system. This planet is named after the god Venus, for her beauty. Likewise, the planet is known for its beauty in the night sky. Venus orbits the sun opposite to what most of the other planets do. This is called retrograde rotation.

Venus is approximately 108,200,000 km from the sun. The size of Venus is 12,104 kilometers, or 7,520 miles. Its perihelion measures up to 107,476,002 km (66,782,491 mi). Venus' aphelion is slightly bigger: 108,941,849 kilometers, or to measure by miles, 67,693,326. The rotation of Venus is really slow. 243 Earth days equals 1 day on Venus. A year is 224 days, meaning that a day is much longer than the year. The planet itself is composed of carbon dioxide and and the layers of clouds are made of sulfuric acid. If you stopped to visit Venus, the conditions are not like Earth. The atmosphere is not to be breathed by us humans, and the weather can get severe. The temperature over in Venus is 464 C, or 867.2 F! The density is about 5.204 g/cm3 and its surface gravity is 8.87, higher than that of Earth.