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Venus

Our closest neighbor, Venus has a lot in common with our planet. In fact, it's often described as Earth’s twin and astronomers once believed Venus could hold life.

However, with surface temperatures approaching 900° and a poisonous atmosphere, Venus is far from hospitable. Explore our bright planetary neighbor.

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‘8 Planets and a Dwarf’ Sudoku

‘8 Planets and a Dwarf’ Sudoku

Love puzzles? This online Sudoku-like puzzle involves all the planets of the solar system, plus Pluto. Featuring 5 levels, you can start with “very easy” and work your way up to “extra challenging.” More...

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Windows to the Universe
Venus

Venus

Watch these videos to see what Mariner 2 and Russian probes found beneath the thick clouds of Earth’s sister planet, Venus. More...

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BBC
Planet Venus: Quiz Yourself on Venus Facts

Planet Venus: Quiz Yourself on Venus Facts

Think you're a genius when it comes to Venus? Test yourself with this quiz on its nickname, temperature, atmosphere, and more. More...

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Space.com
Solar System Exploration: Venus

Solar System Exploration: Venus

Venus spins so slowly that a day lasts as long as 243 Earth days. Rotating in the opposite direction of Earth, the Sun rises in the west and sets in the east on Venus. Get other cool facts. More...

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NASA
Solar System Matchup: Venus

Solar System Matchup: Venus

Want to get close to Venus? Careful, that’s one hot body, with more volcanoes than any other planet in the solar system. Meet the fiery Venus, personified in this funny video. More...

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Science Channel
Venus Unveiled

Venus Unveiled

The Venus Express probe, launched in 2005, found evidence that the planet held more water in the past. Discover how that information can help us understand the future of water on Earth. More...

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Science News for Students
Venus, Second Planet from the Sun

Venus, Second Planet from the Sun

Venus is the hottest world in our solar system. Its dense atmosphere traps heat, producing temperatures that can melt lead. Learn more about Earth’s fiery-hot twin. More...

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Space.com
Venus: Earth’s Sister Planet

Venus: Earth’s Sister Planet

With a reflective cloud cover, Venus appears to be the brightest object in the night sky. Take a closer look at its toxic atmosphere and geological features. More...

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National Geographic
Venus: Lava Land

Venus: Lava Land

NASA's Magellan probe revealed Venus' dry surface riddled with more than 1,600 volcanoes. What puzzles scientists is the planet’s small number of impact craters. Was the entire surface “remodeled” at some point? More...

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National Geographic
Venus: Photo Gallery

Venus: Photo Gallery

See beautiful images of Venus captured by the Hubble Space Telescope and other NASA probes, including photos that show cloud patterns, a nova, and the Wheatly crater. More...

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National Geographic

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