THE JEWEL OF THE SKY

By: Rebecca MacDonald Boch

INTRODUCTION

What has thick clouds and is a unique planet? VENUS!!! Venus is a very fascinating and interesting planet! If you want to learn and look at lots of interesting facts and pictures that you may not know about Venus, just look here! If you see Venus, you’ll at first see a big spherical caramel-color-candy. But beyond those clouds, is the great planet, Venus! Get ready to blast off, because these facts are going to be out of this world! Read more, to learn more!

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WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT VENUS?


Venus is nicknamed Earth’s twin because it’s somewhat like Earth! Venus does have gravity like Earth. It is different than most other planet. Weird, huh? Did you know that it takes 225 Earth days, which is equal to one Venus year, for Venus to complete a full orbit around the sun? Another fact is that the Mariner 2 was the first spacecraft to visit and study Venus. Furthermore like our moon, Venus has phases as seen by Earth’s viewers. Phases are when an object appears to be changing shape, but really is not! It just depends on the sun’s light. Another fact that you may not know is that Venus’s atmosphere contains a lot of carbon dioxide, and only a little bit of oxygen. Rock is what Venus’s surface is mostly made of. My last fact about this subject is that Venus does not have known life, since anyway, it doesn’t have the conditions to support life.

WHAT DOES VENUS LOOK LIKE AND HAVE?

Did you know that Venus is sometimes called the “Jewel of the sky”. It’s brighter than any other planet, and because of it’s unique glow, it is the Roman name for Aphrodite (goddess of beauty and love). Because of Venus’s thick clouds, the planet appears to have a caramel color. If you didn’t know, Venus is the second farthest planet from the sun, the distance from the sun is 67,230,000 miles (108,200,000 km). it is between our Earth, (third planet from the sun) and Mercury (closest planet from the sun). It’s also the sixth largest planet out of the eight planets (not counting Pluto).

WHAT DID PEOPLE THINK ABOUT VENUS BEFORE NOW?

When Venus was seen in the morning before the sun came up, people called it the “morning star”, and when it was seen at night, they called it the “night star”. People thought that Venus was two separate pieces because of that (but we now know that it is only one piece). Long ago, the Mayan people who lived in Central America, thought that the sun’s brother was Venus. Also, back then, people thought that the mother of the gods was Venus. So, in Venus’s honor, they made multiple temples. People’s ideas between then and now have changed significantly.

WHAT LESSONS HAS VENUS TAUGHT US?


Venus acts like a greenhouse. That means that it keeps hot air in no matter what the temperature is outside. Or in its case, in space. Some scientists think that the same thing is happening to Earth! And if that continues, then Earth might not be able to support life! So the Jewel of the Sky has taught us a lesson!

CONCLUSION


In conclusion, Venus is a fascinating planet. Check out Venus up in the sky. It is really an amazing planet. Also, hopefully, it will inspire you to learn more about this planet! So bye. And now you know some fascinating facts about the amazing, Jewel of the Sky, Venus!