Earth compared to Venus

Earth compared to Venus

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Credit: MARK GARLICK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Image comparing the size of Earth (right) with the planet Venus. Venus is the second planet from the Sun, with an average distance from it of 0.72 times the Earth-Sun distance. It is also the hottest planet (despite being further from the Sun than Mercury) because its thick atmosphere of carbon dioxide has created a runaway greenhouse effect. Lead, tin and zinc would all melt on Venus. With a diameter of 95% that of the Earth, Venus is the Solar System's sixth largest planet.

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Keywords: astronomical, astronomy, atmosphere, clouds, comparison, earth, greenhouse, planet, planets, size, space, venus

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