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Venus, the planet

The study of the atmospheres of other celestial bodies within our solar system is an important way to gather information about the evolution of Earth’s atmosphere. Venus, for example, could reflect the future of the Earth.


Venus is an inner, or telluric, planet; the second from the Sun. It is the third brightest object in the sky, after the Sun and the Moon.

It is of similar size to the Earth and, according to observations, does not have a magnetic field. Venus rotates very slowly in a retrograde direction.

The surface temperature is 470C, due to an extreme greenhouse effect. The planet is completely surrounded by clouds composed of sulphuric acid.

(credit: NASA)



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