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Venus

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Fun Facts:

--Venus is the second planet from the sun

--Venus is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty

--It is often referred to as Earth's twin because of its similar size and mass but its composition is very different from that of the Earth's

--Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system

--There are more volcanoes on Venus than any other planet in the solar system

--From our perspective on Earth, Venus seems to go through phases just like our moon

The Venusian atmosphere is composed of 96%  carbon dioxide and 3.5%  nitrogen. Because of the excess amount of CO2, a runway greenhouse effect is causing global warming on an already scorching planet. Scientists warn that if we are not careful, our planet will be doomed to the same fate.

 

For this planet's panel in the model click here

For Astronomy Picture of the Day click here

Click here for link to Wikipedia