Humans are naturally curious. It’s possibly one of the most defining characteristics of our species. Some believe that our drive to figure out new things and to explore new places is why we ended up evolving away from primates.
But once we started running out of things to be curious about here on Earth, we began to look outwards into the infinity of space. Our quest continues to find new things and to satisfy our passion for more information.
That’s how we ended up observing and “visiting” other planets far from home. One such place is Venus, a truly intriguing planet, which also happens to be not too far from Earth.
Read on to discover 25 Fascinating Planet Venus Facts that will enlighten you about our nearest celestial neighbor.
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The only "female" planet
Of all planets in our solar system, Venus is the only planet that has been named after a female.
It got its name from the Greek goddess of beauty and love, known as Aphrodite. The Romans called her Venus in Latin.
Venus is sometimes called Earth’s twin because the two planets are almost the same size, have roughly the same mass, they weigh about the same, and have a similar composition. They are both made of the same material.
Additionally, Venus (just like Earth) has a solid surface you can walk on, a comparable surface composition, an atmosphere, and a weather system.
It's technically older than Earth
It’s believed that all the planets of our solar system formed at the same time, about 4.58 billion years ago. However, the estimated age of the surface on Venus is around 300-400 million years old.
Keep in mind that the surface of our beautiful planet is only estimated to be 100 million years old. In other words, Earth is still a baby compared to Venus.
Close to the sun
Let’s suppose you stood on the sun – which you can’t literally do, of course – and look at the planets. From that vantage point, Venus is the second closest planet to the sun, right after Mercury.
The light from the sun takes about six minutes to reach Venus. By contrast, light from the sun takes roughly eight minutes to reach Earth.
Very bright planet
Besides the earth’s moon, Venus is the brightest object visible in the night sky.
The planet has an apparent magnitude of -3.8 to -4.6, which makes it potentially visible even on a bright, clear day.