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How long does it take for Venus to orbit the sun?

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Venus’ orbit around the sun is equal to approximately 224.7 Earth days. Although the other planets have an elliptical orbit around the sun, Venus’ orbit is more circular with an eccentricity of less than 0.01.

A day on Venus is equivalent to 242 Earth days. However, Venus has a clockwise retrograde rotation.

Venus’ mean distance from the sun is 67.24 million miles. Its atmosphere consists of 96 percent carbon dioxide, 3.5 percent nitrogen and small quantities of water, carbon monoxide and other substances.

Ancient people, such as the Babylonians and Chinese, were aware of this planet and studied its motion. This planet’s name comes from the Roman goddess of beauty.

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