Type of Planet
: Terrestrial planet
Solar System Region
: Inner solar system
Distance from the Sun
: 66,700,000 (perihelion) miles to 67,000,000 miles (aphelion)
Time to Orbit Around the Sun
: About 225 Earth days
Moons (natural satellites)
Total Surface Area
: 177,639,880 square miles (0.902 Earths)
15 Venus Facts for Kids
The planet Venus formed about 4.5 billion years ago.
The planet Venus was first observed via a telescope in 1610 by Galileo Galilei.
The planet Venus is the 2nd closest planet to the sun.
Venus is a terrestrial planet.
Venus is the sixth largest planet in our solar system.
The radius of the planet Venus is 3,760 miles.
Venus's perihelion (closets) distance to the sun is 91 million miles.
Venus's aphelion (farthest) distance to the sun is 94.5 million miles.
Light from our solar system's sun takes only 6 minutes to reach Venus.
It takes Venus 225 days complete an orbit of the sun.
Venus has no known moons (natural satellites).
The planet Venus has no rings.
Venus has a very thick atmosphere which mostly contains carbon dioxide.
Venus is the hottest planet, even though it's not as close to the sun as Mercury. This is an effect of its thick atmosphere filled with carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
Some scientist think life could have existed on Venus in the past or in the top layer of clouds. However, there is no proof that life ever existed on Venus.
More Planet Facts
Pictures of the Planet Venus
A picture of the planet Venus taken in 1994 by the Magellan Spacecraft.
A picture of three very large impact craters on the planet Venus.
A blue colorized photo of Venus to enhance the view of its clouds.
Additional Resources on the Planet Earth
Planet Venus Facts: A Hot, Hellish & Volcanic Planet
– Find more Venus facts for kids on the Space.com website.
Overview | Venus – NASA Solar System Exploration
– Learn more about the planet Venus on the NASA website.
Interesting Facts About Venus
– Explore some interesting facts about Venus on the Universe Today website.