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Basic Properties, The Rotation Rate Of Venus, Venusian Surface Detail, Venusian Surface Processes, Venusian Internal Structure

Venus is the second planet from the Sun and is in some superficial geological features like Earth. In many important geochemical features, however, it is quite different. Next to the Sun and Moon, Venus can be the brightest object in the sky. At its most brilliant, Venus is sixteen times brighter than Sirius (α Canis Majoris), the brightest star in the night sky. The extreme brilliance of Venus is partly due to its occasional closeness to Earth, and partly due to it having a highly reflective atmosphere.

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