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The Winter 2010 issue of The Earth Scientist includes a variety of educational resources, ranging from astronomy to glaciers. Check out the other publications and classroom materials in our online store.


Fair but inhospitable Venus, a "Sister" planet to the Earth that is very different from our home. Venus does not have any moons or rings.

Visit another planet: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Dwarf Planets
Venus is the second planet from the Sun, and is Earth's closest neighbor in the <a href="/php/tour_test_sqli.php?page=/our_solar_system/solar_system.html&edu=elem">solar system</a>. Venus is the brightest object in the sky after the Sun and the Moon, and sometimes looks like a <a href="/php/tour_test_sqli.php?page=/our_solar_system/solar_system.html&edu=elem">bright star</a> in the morning or evening sky. The planet is slightly smaller than Earth, and its <a href="/php/tour_test_sqli.php?page=/venus/interior.html&edu=elem">interior</a> is similar to Earth. We can't see the <a href="/php/tour_test_sqli.php?page=/venus/interior/V_global_geography.html&edu=elem">surface</a> of Venus from Earth, because it is covered with thick clouds that strongly reflect sunlight.<p><small><em>Image courtesy of NASA/Magellan mission/JPL</em></small></p>

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