The distance between Venus and Earth varies from 24 million to 162 million miles. Because the two planets orbit the sun in ellipses and at different speeds, the distance between them varies widely.
Venus orbits the sun every 224.7 days whereas Earth completes an orbit every 365.2 days. On average, every 584 days, the two planets are in parallel places in their orbits; these are the times when the planets are closest together.
Venus' brightness in the night sky varies based on its distance from Earth. When furthest from Earth, Venus can't be seen from Earth, as it's occluded by the sun. When it's closest, Venus sometimes passes between the Earth and sun. These passes in between are called transits of Venus.Learn More
According to NASA, Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, is the largest moon in the solar system. It has a diameter of 2,631 kilometers. Ganymede is larger than both Pluto and Mercury and is 3/4 the size of Mars. Unlike many other moons, Ganymede has a core that generates a substantial magnetic field.Full Answer >
Mars makes a complete rotation on its axis every 24 hours and 37 minutes. The length of a day on Mars is only 39 minutes and 35 seconds longer than the length of a day on Earth.Full Answer >
NASA states that Pluto's mass is approximately 13,100,000 trillion tons. Pluto's diameter is 1,413 miles or 2,274 kilometers, making it under a sixth of the width of Earth.Full Answer >
Pluto is considered a dwarf planet, and it is about 3.7 billion miles from the sun. Until it was reclassified in 2006, Pluto was the ninth and furthest planet from the sun.Full Answer >