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Surface of Venus. Computer artwork of a rocky landscape on the surface of the planet Venus. This is the hottest planetary surface in the solar system, with temperatures of nearly 500 degrees Celsius. This is due to its dense carbon dioxide atmosphere that traps the Sun's heat. The surface atmospheric pressure, around 90 times that on Earth, distorts views of distant objects. Clouds of sulphuric acid obscure the Sun and the rest of the sky. Venus is 108 million kilometres from the Sun, around around two-thirds of the Earth-Sun distance, and is slightly smaller than Earth.
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