5 Facts About Venus
  1. Toxic Twin
  2. Second Rock
  3. Diverse Terrain
  4. Backward Sunrise
  5. Life on Venus

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Venus is often called "Earth’s twin" because they’re similar in size and structure, but Venus has extreme surface heat and a dense, toxic atmosphere.

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Venus is the second closest planet to the Sun, orbiting at a distance of about 67 million miles (108 million kilometers)

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Venus has a solid surface covered in dome-like volcanoes, rifts, and mountains, with expansive volcanic plains and vast, ridged plateaus.

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Venus is an unlikely place for life as we know it, but some scientists theorize microbes might exist high in the clouds where it’s cooler and the pressure is similar to Earth’s surface. Phosphine, a possible indicator of microbial life, has been observed in the clouds.

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Venus rotates backward on its axis compared to most planets in our solar system. This means the Sun rises in the west and sets in the east, opposite of what we see on Earth.

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