Venus is considered a terrestrial planet, which means it is has a solid surface made of rocks. The atmosphere is comprised mainly of nitrogen, carbon dioxide and sulfuric acid.
The atmosphere on Venus is very thick and is considered toxic to humans. Venus is the second planet from the sun, and temperatures can climb to a scorching 900 degrees Fahrenheit, making life impossible. Venus rotates opposite of the other planets, which means the sun rises and sets in the opposite direction as it does on Earth. Since Venus rotates very slowly, a typical day on the planet lasts about 243 Earth days.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 >