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  Venus Introduction
Venus, the jewel of the sky, was once know by ancient astronomers as the morning star and evening star.
The interior characteristics of Venus are inferred from gravity field and magnetic field measurements by Magellan and prior spacecraft.
This beautiful image of Venus is a mosaic of three images acquired by the Mariner 10 spacecraft on February 5, 1974.
www.solarviews.com /eng/venus.htm   (2376 words)

 Transit of Venus
On June 8, 2004, observers around much of the world saw Venus drift across the face of the sun as Venus passed between the sun and earth.
A transit of Venus is so rare that, up to June 8, 2004, no human then alive had witnessed this celestial event.
"Transit of Venus dot org" will guide you to instructions for safe viewing; interactive education and hands-on activities; global observing programs for students; background information and tutorials; insights into historical endeavors and the adventures of explorers; the role of spacecraft and the search for extra-solar planets; and miscellaneous items relating to the transit of Venus.
www.transitofvenus.org   (668 words)

Venus is the second planet from the Sun and the sixth largest.
Venus is sometimes regarded as Earth's sister planet.
However on Venus the stress is relieved in many relatively small regions instead of being concentrated at the boundaries of large plates as is the case on Earth.
www.nineplanets.org /venus.html   (1246 words)

  Venus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Venus has the densest atmosphere of the terrestrial planets, consisting mostly of carbon dioxide, and the atmospheric pressure at the planet's surface is 90 times that of the Earth.
Venus was observed by the Galileo and Cassini spacecraft during flybys on their respective missions to the outer planets, but Magellan would otherwise be the last dedicated mission to Venus for over a decade.
Venus was important to the Mayan civilization, who developed a religious calendar based in part upon its motions, and held the motions of Venus to determine the propitious time for events such as war.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Venus_(planet)   (5603 words)

 Venus (mythology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Venus Felix ("Lucky Venus") was an epithet used for a temple on the Esquiline Hill and for a temple constructed by Hadrian dedicated to "Venus Felix et Roma Aeterna" ("Favorable Venus and Eternal Rome") on the north side of the Via Sacra.
Venus Obsequens ("Graceful Venus" or "Indulgent Venus") was an epithet to which a temple was dedicated in the late 3rd century BC during the Third Samnite War by Quintus Fabius Maximus Gurges.
It was the oldest temple of Venus in Rome, and was probably situated at the foot of the Aventine Hill near the Circus Maximus.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Venus_(mythology)   (963 words)

 Venus- British Encyclopedia Online
Venus, the jewel of the sky, was once know by ancient astronomers as the morning star and evening star.
Venus, which is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, is veiled by thick swirling cloud cover.
Venus is scorched with a surface temperature of about 482° C (900° F).
www.british-encyclopedia.com /astronomy-venus.html   (682 words)

Venus is the daughter of Jupiter, and some of her lovers include Mars and Vulcan, modeled on the affairs of Aphrodite.
Venus' importance rose, and that of her cult, through the influence of several Roman political leaders.
Ceasar introduced the cult of Venus Genetrix, the goddess of motherhood and marriage, and built a temple for her in 46 BCE.
www.pantheon.org /articles/v/venus.html   (284 words)

 Meet the Neighbours - Venus
As little as half a century ago, Venus was thought to be a twin of Earth, being nearly equal in size.
Venus is the brightest of all the "stars" in the sky.
Venus is a land of gigantic lava flows, thousands of craters, and strange features showing that very fierce volcanic activity has happened there.
www.abc.net.au /science/space/planets/venus.htm   (1418 words)

 World Almanac for Kids
Except for the sun and the moon, Venus is the brightest object in the sky.
Venus lacks a magnetic field of its own, but the solar wind seems to generate an induced magnetosphere, probably by a dynamo action involving its own magnetic field.
Venus rotates very slowly on its axis, and the direction is retrograde (opposite to that of earth).
www.worldalmanacforkids.com /explore/space/venus.html   (1309 words)

 Venus - Crystalinks
Venus was known to ancient Babylonians around 1600 BC, and to the Mayan civilization (the Mayans developed a religious calendar based on Venus's motion) and must have been known long before in prehistoric times, given that it is the third brightest object in the sky after the Sun and Moon.
Venus (and also Mercury) is not visible from Earth when it is full, since at that time it is at superior conjunction, rising and setting concomitantly with the Sun and hence lost in the Sun's glare.
Venus is brightest when approximately 25% of its disk is illuminated; this typically occurs 37 days both before (in the evening sky) and after (in the morning sky), its inferior conjunction.
www.crystalinks.com /venus.html   (3434 words)

 Pioneer Venus Encyclopedia Articles @ LaunchBase.com (Launch Base)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Pioneer Venus Orbiter was inserted into an elliptical orbit around Venus on December 4, 1978.
From Venus orbit insertion to July 1980, periapsis was held between 142 and 253 km (at 17 degrees north latitude) to facilitate radar and ionospheric measurements.
In May 1992 Pioneer Venus began the final phase of its mission, in which the periapsis was held between 150 and 250 km until the fuel ran out and atmospheric entry destroyed the spacecraft the following August.
www.launchbase.com /encyclopedia/Pioneer_Venus   (1080 words)

 NASA - Venus
Venus is known as the Earth's "twin" because the two planets are so similar in size.
Although Venus is called the Earth's "twin," its surface conditions appear to be very different from those of the Earth.
Venus was the first planet to be observed by a passing spacecraft.
www.nasa.gov /worldbook/venus_worldbook.html   (1926 words)

 ESA Science & Technology: Venus Express
The operational orbit of Venus Express is a 24-hour elliptical, quasi-polar orbit.
Venus Express is a follow on from the Mars Express mission.
The Role of Different Parameters in the Pressurant Budget of Venus Express and its Dynamic Evolution during the Mission
sci.esa.int /science-e/www/area/index.cfm?fareaid=64   (102 words)

Venus is also known as the "morning star" or the "evening star" since it is visible and quite bright at either dawn or dusk.
The gravity on Venus is 91% of the gravity on Earth.
Venus rotates in the opposite direction of the Earth (and the other planets, except possibly Uranus).
www.enchantedlearning.com /subjects/astronomy/planets/venus   (540 words)

 'Venus'   (Site not responding. Last check: )
"Venus" is a showcase for the 74-year-old O'Toole, a valentine to his half-century acting career, to his stunning good looks in his younger years and to his ability to pull off a role that could (in the wrong hands) give moviegoers heebie-jeebies.
"Venus" is about a young woman's rise and an older actor's descent, with memories of a golden youth as close as the nearest TV.
The director and writer of "Venus" previously teamed on "The Mother," featuring Anne Reid as a new widow in her 60s who takes a shine to a young, handsome builder, played by the pre-Bond Daniel Craig.
www.post-gazette.com /pg/07033/758770-120.stm   (635 words)

Venus seems now to be upside down - since its rotation is in the opposite direction of Earth and most of the other planets, with just a 3 degree tilt in its axis.
Venus was thought to have been similar to the Earth in its earliest history.
Venus also rotates so slowly that its day is longer than its year - and is affected by the gravitational pull of Earth and Moon together, as the same side always faces Earth when they are close to each other on their orbits.
homepage.ntlworld.com /heather.hobden1/Venus.htm   (3425 words)

 ORRERY: Venus - global warming gone mad
Venus is the second planet from the Sun.
Its orbit is said to be "inferior" as it lies between the Sun and the Earth.
Venus always appears in the sky comparatively near to the Sun, being visible a little before sunrise or a little after sunset.
www.harmsy.freeuk.com /venus.html   (588 words)

Venus probably once had large amounts of water like Earth, but it may have all boiled away in a runaway greenhouse effect as the planet is now quite dry.
The interior of Venus is probably very similar to that of Earth, with an iron core about 6,000 km (3,700 miles) in diameter radius and a molten rocky mantle comprising most of the planet.
The European Space Agency's Venus Express mission, which will investigate the planet's atmosphere, is scheduled for launch in 2005, but in the meantime, the Swedish Space Agency is looking for international partners to develop their idea for a mission to return a sample of the atmosphere from Venus around 2010 (New Scientist, May 3, 2004).
www.solstation.com /stars/venus.htm   (1665 words)

 Viewing Venus in Broad Daylight
Another trick I use to spot Venus in the daytime sky with the naked eye is to focus on the horizon, then quickly look up to the area of sky where Venus shines---the eye tends to remain focused at infinity, and Venus is found more readily.
The problem is that the image of Venus through a normal lens is on the order of the grain size of Ektachrome film, so it's hard to dig the image of Venus out of the random grain pattern of the resulting slides.
The elevation of Venus above the horizon and its azimuth (point of the compass above which it appears) are found in the table at the bottom of the chart.
www.fourmilab.ch /images/venus_daytime   (1580 words)

 StarDate Online | Solar System Guide | Venus
Cloud-covered Venus is the second planet from the Sun, and passes closer to Earth than any other planet.
Although Venus is completely dry today, a spacecraft in the 1980s found evidence that the planet could have been much wetter in the distant past.
Venus, the dazzling morning or evening star, outshines all the other stars and planets in the night sky.
stardate.org /resources/ssguide/venus.html   (776 words)

 Venus - Astronomy for Kids
Venus is the only one of the planets in our solar system that is named for a goddess instead of a god, and almost all of the features we have discovered in our exploration of this planet have been named for either historical or mythological women.
Venus is a very odd place for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it rotates in the opposite direction that Earth does.
In addition to the violent winds and poisonous atmosphere on Venus, there are still active volcanoes on Venus, and their eruptions continue to add poisonous chemicals to the atmosphere and tremendous amounts of lava to the surface.
www.dustbunny.com /afk/planets/venus   (1105 words)

 HubbleSite - Venus Cloud Tops - Image - 3/21/1995
This is a NASA Hubble Space Telescope ultraviolet-light image of the planet Venus, taken on January 24 1995, when Venus was at a distance of 70.6 million miles (113.6 million kilometers) from Earth.
Venus is covered with clouds made of sulfuric acid, rather than the water-vapor clouds found on Earth.
Because Venus is closer to the Sun than Earth, the planet appears to go through phases, like the Moon.
hubblesite.org /newscenter/newsdesk/archive/releases/1995/16/image/g   (449 words)

 StarChild: The planet Venus
Venus is referred to as the Evening Star because it is the brightest planet that can be viewed from Earth.
Venus and Earth are similar in size, composition, and mass.
Venus rotates slowly on its axis in a clockwise direction, which is referred to as a "retrograde" rotation because it is the opposite of the other eight planets.
starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov /docs/StarChild/solar_system_level2/venus.html   (277 words)

 Life Beyond Earth - The Habitable Zone - Venus
Scientists theorize that Venus fell victim to a runaway greenhouse effect — excess carbon dioxide trapping solar heat under the blanket of its atmosphere.
Venus orbits the Sun at an average distance of 108,200,000 kilometers from the Sun.
At its equator Venus is 12,104 kilometers in diameter (or 0.95 times that of the Earth), and its mass is 0.81 times that of the Earth.
www.pbs.org /lifebeyondearth/alone/venus.html   (982 words)

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