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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July 31, 1976
NASA releases the famous Face on Mars photo taken by the Viking 1 probe.

July 31, 1999
In an attempt to detect frozen water on the Moon, NASA intentionally crashes the Lunar Prospector probe into the Moon.

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