Venus

Venus is the second planet away from the Sun in our solar system. With a diameter of 7,625 miles, it Is almost as large as Earth. The diameter of the Earth is 7.Q73 miles. Venus, the brightest planet seen from Earth, was named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. It is covered with clouds that reflect the Sun's light. After Earth's moon, Venus is the second brightest light in the night sky. Look for Venus in the western evening sky just after sunset or the eastern morning sky

just before sunrise. Some people call Venus the evening star when it is in the evening sky because it looks like a very bright star. Venus is a rocky desert with high mountains and valleys. Maxwell Mountain on Venus is seven miles high. We could not survive on Venus without lots of protection because it is so hot. It takes Venus 225 Earth days to circle the Sun. It turns on its axis slowly. A day on Venus from one sunrise to the next lasts 117 Earth days.

ACROSS

I. Position of Venus in the solar system 5 First part of the name of the mountain on Venus

Q. Venus was named after the Roman

13. Maxwell is one.

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2. Venus is covered with_that reflect the

Sun's light.

3. Venus is almost as large as

M. Second planet in our solar system 6. Venus is the name of fhe Roman goddess of and beauty.

10. The of Venus is 7.625 miles.

12. There are mountains and

ACROSS

I. Position of Venus in the solar system 5 First part of the name of the mountain on Venus

Q. Venus was named after the Roman

13. Maxwell is one.

DOWN

2. Venus is covered with_that reflect the

Sun's light.

3. Venus is almost as large as

M. Second planet in our solar system 6. Venus is the name of fhe Roman goddess of and beauty.

10. The of Venus is 7.625 miles.

12. There are mountains and

Hot Stuff!

Venus is not only beautiful, but it is also the hottest planet in our solar system. Space probes like Mariner 2 and the Russian Veneres probes discovered that the thick clouds that surround Venus are not like the clouds we have on Earth. They are made of carbon dioxide gas and hold in the Sun's heat.

Temperatures on Venus reach <100 degrees Fahrenheit. Think how hot you feel when it's only 90 degrees outside!

The sky of Venus seems to be a reddish-orange color. Violent lightening and terrible winds blow across the planet.

Space explorers landing on this planet would have a difficult time. Besides the heat and the poisonous atmosphere, the air pressure on Venus is about 100 times greater than on Earth. That means it would be much harder to move around on Venus. It would be like trying to walk underwater.

The carbon dioxide gas makes the air very dense. The clouds are filled with sulfuric acid droplets. The atmosphere around Venus is thick and deadly.

Feel the Heat

1. Get an empty glass jar with a lid. Screw the lid on and set the jar in the sunlight for two hours.

2. Carefully unscrew the jar—it's hotl

3. Put your hand inside the jar. Do you feel the heat?

4. What kept the heat inside?_

5. The lid kept the heat inside like Venus's clouds hold in the Sun's warmth causing very high temperatures.

Circle the different conditions that space travelers might face on Venus.

swampy areas active volcanoes hail storms 10° temperatures black ice thick dense air dangerous lightening storms snowstorms P00° temperatures cool rain showers muddy roads terrible winds

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