@stro object for the week of 12/20/1999
courtesy of SEDS
planet Venus, named after the Roman goddess of love, is the second
planet from our Sun in the solar system. Its nicknames include "the
morning star" and "the evening star", although it
is not a star at all. It is still one of the most mysterious objects
in the solar system because its constant cloudcover keeps the surface
hidden from view without the use of radar. When Venus visible from
our perspective it is a spectacular sight in or out of a telescope
as it is the brightest object in the night sky except for the Moon.
The weather on Venus is very radical with temperatures even greater
than the planet Mercury (up to 740 Kelvin)
and winds up to 350 kilometers per hour.
information for Venus: