For most of the year, Venus is visible to the naked eye. The exception to this is when Venus is too close to the sun to be observed.Know More
Venus is one of the so-called naked eye planets. The others are Mercury, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. The period of time during which Venus can be seen is known as its apparition. Venus can be seen during the morning or evening during the months when it is visible, since it is close enough to Earth to be seen as a tiny speck in the sky. The light from Venus is recognizable as a more steady type of light than the light that emanates from the stars. A beginner's telescope or even a pair of strong binoculars along with a monthly planet charting guide (usually found online) can help you locate Venus easily in the sky, along with other planets that are visible from Earth.
Venus is the brightest planet in the sky, and when it's visible, you can see it prominently in the dawn and predawn hours on the eastern horizon. It will be the brightest star in morning sky for much of the year, although it is more readily seen during fall in the evening sky.Learn More
Uranus is composed largely of hydrogen and helium like the other gas giants. It also has water ice, methane ice and ammonia ice. There are also tiny amounts of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons such as ethane, acetylene, diacetylene and methylacetylene.Full Answer >
The word "planet" in Greek means "wanderer." Planets were thought to be moving against the still background of stars. The planets move, or revolve, around the sun in relatively fixed orbits.Full Answer >
The interiors of the Jovian planets, also known as gas giants, are different because of their sizes. Jupiter and Saturn, the largest of the four Jovian planets, are massive enough to compress materials into a rocky core. Uranus and Neptune exert less pressure, which causes their cores to be in an icy, liquid state.Full Answer >
Venus does not have any natural satellites (moons). Venus is a terrestrial planet, and it is the only planet besides Mercury that does not have any moons.Full Answer >