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Planet Venus: 10 Fun Facts

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On June 30, 2015, Venus and Jupiter were close in western skies at dusk. 

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Our Sister Planet—and UFO?

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Discover 10 amazing facts about planet Venus, our neighbor! We call her our sister planet, goddess of love, “morning star,” and—apparently—UFO! Read on…

Planet Venus is always brilliant and shines with a steady silvery light. For almost all of 2022, our brightest planet is a “morning star” in the eastern sky just before day breaks. Venus will disappear into the Sun’s glare at end of August, and go behind the Sun in October, and emerge as an “evening star” at dusk in the western sky in late December. See the Almanac’s rise and set times for Venus and all the planets.

10 Cool Facts About Hot Venus

Take the time to learn some 10 cool Venus facts about our very, very hot neighboring planet!

  1. Venus is Earth’s closest neighbor in the solar system! She’s the second planet and sometimes called our “sister planet” since its diameter and density are nearly the same as ours.
     

  2. After the Sun and the Moon, Venus is the brightest object in sky sky. As the planet looks like a bright star in the morning or evening sky, it’s often called the “morning star.”
     

  3. Venus’ creamy-white brilliance, from sunlight bouncing off shiny clouds of sulfuric acid, is oddly steady. She rarely twinkles.
     

  4. Yet, Venus is dazzling enough to cast shadows when seen from a dark place. Wait until the new Moon phase, when there will be no Moon to compete.
     

  5. We have learned that Venus’s surface is covered with craters, volcanoes, mountains, and big lava plains.
     

  6. Despite the beautiful name, Venus is the most unpleasant planet in the known universe! Its surface temperature never varies from 850 degrees, hotter than a wood stove.  
     

  7. The air is 100% carbon dioxide, trapping in the sun’s heat like a blanket.  Venus manages to have a hotter surface than even Mercury. This was the original ‘greenhouse effect’ model long before that phrase’s current popularity.
     
  8. Venus’ atmosphere so thick it would crush you. The planet’s air pressure remains stuck at 90 Earth-pressures, making it the most efficient pressure-cooker in this neck of the galaxy. A few seconds would do it for beef stew. 

Sure. She’ll melt you. Crush you. And she’s stinky. This is strictly a “look but don’t touch” affair.

Planet or UFO?

Did you know: Venus alone accounts for more than half of all UFO reports. And they don’t all come from dimwits. My two favorite Venus stories:

  • Jimmy Carter, while Governor of Georgia, phoned the state police to report a UFO that proved to be Venus!
  • And a squadron of allied bombers returning from a mission over Japan in World War 2 saw a brilliant light that appeared to keep pace with them. Firing their guns, they attempted, without success, to blow up the Evening Star. At our Overlook Observatory phone and during public radio call-in shows, when someone begins a sentence with “I’ve been seeing a star….” I obnoxiously interrupt them with: “Venus!” 

See more amazing facts about Venus, Planet of Paradox.

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