Planet Venus

Welcome to Planet Venus
A website about the planet Venus

Venus is the second planet in our solar system. Named for the goddess of love, Venus is frequently placed as the morning or evening star.

Being an inner planet, that is within Earth orbit, it never appears very far away from the Sun, so learning when the optimal times when Venus is furthest away from the Sun, it ket to observing Venus. In this website we calculate those times known as "Elongations."

Today in Astronomy History
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October 4, 1562
Danish astronomer, Christian Sorensen Longberg, is born. Longberg clung to the Tycho view of the Solar System and believe that he had Squared the Circle (using 3.14185 an PI) and refused to believe when others tried in vain to convince him of his errors.

October 4, 1675
Astronomer Christian Huygens patents the pocket watch.

October 4, 1905
The first practical airplane, the Wright 1905 Flyer, flew for 33 minutes, covering a distance of 20 miles.

October 4, 1957
The Soviet Union's Sputnik One becomes the first manmade object to orbit the Earth.

October 4, 2004
Space Ship One wins the Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight.

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