Venus is the planet closer to the sun than our planet, but farther away from the sun than Mercury.
Wikipedia's article about Venus states, "As one of the brightest objects in the sky, Venus has been a major fixture in human culture for as long as records have existed. It has been made sacred to gods of many cultures, and has been a prime inspiration for writers and poets as the morning star and evening star. Venus was the first planet to have its motions plotted across the sky, as early as the second millennium BC."
Atmosphere and climateEdit
Venus is somewhat like Earth, but since it is climatically a great deal different, it is uninhabitable and therefore is not as prominent in space-related news as, for example, Mars. The planet is known for its thick atmosphere that sustains the planet's high temperatures and gives the planet its outward appearance, which is approximately the size of Earth.
The atmosphere of Venus is about 97% carbon dioxide, and the planet itself has temperatures around 460 celsius.