Venus is the second planet from the Sun. It is a terrestrial planet and the third-smallest planet in our Solar System. Venus has a diameter of 12,103 kilometers.
Mythology[edit | edit source]
Venus was named after the Roman goddess of love; the asteroid 433 Eros is named after the goddess's son. In east Asian mythology, the star was known as the "gold star" (金星), due to the planet's yellow atmosphere.
Properties[edit | edit source]
Venus is the hottest planet in the Solar System. This is because of its atmosphere. 96.5 of Venus's atmosphere is Carbon Dioxide, a greenhouse gas. These conditions make the temperature on Venus 466.85 °C on average; higher than the melting point of lead. Venus is sometimes referred to as the Morning Star.