Venus, the second planet from the sun, is named for the Roman goddess of beauty and love. While eerily beautiful, the surface of Venus is as hostile as the deepest recesses of space. Wrapped in thick clouds of sulfuric acid, the planet’s surface simmers under a seemingly impenetrable atmosphere. Despite its nearness to Earth, the planet remains largely a mystery. Venus can be seen clearly in the night sky, which only heightens the allure.
Pictured here is a montage of the planets in our solar system minus dwarf planet Pluto. (Text: Katherine Butler)