Named after a pagan goddess, Venus the planet, is the second brightest object in the night sky. The one that has him (or “her” I guess) beaten is the moon. No other planet is brighter than Venus. This makes it stand out in the night sky.

But, there is more to Venus then meets the eye. The first interesting fact about Venus is how long and how it orbits the sun.

The average planet orbits the Sun in an elliptical pattern. However, Venus does not do this. Instead, Venus orbits the Sun in a very circular path. Also, where it takes the Earth 365.25 days to orbit the Sun, Venus only takes 224.65 days to do the same. Actually, Venus orbits the Sun 1.6 times in the time it takes Earth to make one orbit.

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