Venus, the jewel of the sky, was
once known by ancient astronomers as the morning and evening star.
Venus, which is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, is
veiled by a thick swirling cloud cover. As the goddess of love, Venus
is the "queen of pleasure" and mother of the Roman
people.Venus is also a nature goddess, associated with the arrival of
spring. She brings joy to gods and humans.
Astronomers refer to Venus as
Earth's sister planet. Both are similar in size, mass, density,
and volume. However, during the last few years scientists have found
that the kinship ends here. Venus is very different from Earth. It has
no oceans and is surrounded by a heavy atmosphere composed mainly of
carbon dioxide with virtually no water vapor. Its clouds are
composed of sulfuric acid droplets. At the surface, the atmospheric
pressure is 92 times that of the Earth's at sea_level.
Cloud cover of Venus.