The brightest of the , Venus can easily be seen as an evening and a morning star. It is the second planet from the . It is about the same size as the and has an atmosphere, giving it a bright appearance.
The atmosphere consists mostly of . The surface of the planet is very hot because of the .
Most of the surface consists of vast plains, but there are several large highland regions several kilometers high. There are recent impact craters and , although no evidence has been found of any active ones.
Image of Venus by NASA/JPL
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