Forget the universe as a whole. Let us for the time being concentrate on our Solar System. It is filled with mind-boggling wonders. One such wonder is the planet Venus. So, if you were looking for Venus facts either for your school assignment or simply because your curious mind felt the insatiable urge for more knowledge, you are at the right place. Here we give you 40 interesting facts about Venus and help you know our Solar System a little better than your existing knowledge.
Interesting Venus Facts: 1-10
1. If you stand on Sun (literally you cannot) and look at the planets, Venus will be the second planet you will see revolving around the Sun.
2. Venus has no moon of its own.
3. Of all planets in our Solar System, Venus is the only planet that has been named after a female. Venus is actually the name of the Roman goddess of beauty and love. The reason why the Romans named the planet after a goddess is that it was the only planet of the 5 known planets to ancient astronomers that was the brightest in night sky.
4. As far as modern astronomy is concerned, we are not really after beauty of the planet. It is no doubt a beautiful planet but what’s more interesting is that its size and mass is very similar to our Earth and hence, it is often called as Earth’s Twin or Earth’s Sister.
5. The total mass of Venus is 4.8676×1024 kilograms. It is not making enough sense right? Let us simplify. It weighs 4,867,600,000,000,000 billion kilograms. That is exactly 81.5% of the mass of Earth.
6. As far as size is concerned, this planet has a diameter of 12,092 kilometers, making it smaller than Earth by 650 kilometers in terms of diameter. This is actually the equatorial diameter.
7. If the polar diameter of the planet is measured (diameter measured from North Pole to South Pole), it is exactly the same as its equatorial diameter. Thus Venus, unlike Earth, is a perfect sphere and there is no flattening around the poles.
8. The orbit of Venus is not circular. It is slightly elliptical. The closest the planet can get to Sun (perihelion) is 107,477,000 kilometers and the farthest it can get from Sun (aphelion) is 108,939,000 kilometers.
9. Venus takes 224.70 Earth days to complete on revolution around the Sun.
10. The surface gravity of the planet is 8.87 m/s2 and escape velocity (the velocity required to escape the gravitational pull of the planet) is 10.36 km/s.