'); }
Insertion orbit of Venus Express. Image credit: ESA

Orbit of Venus

17 May , 2008

by

The orbit of Venus is the most circular in the entire Solar System. In mathematical terms, the eccentricity of Venus is less than 0.01. A year on Venus lasts 223 days.

As Venus travels around the Sun, it ranges in distance from 107 million km to 109 million km. The average distance is 108 million km. This is 72% the distance of Earth to the Sun.

Venus can get as close as 40 million km from the Earth. This is called an inferior conjunction every 584 days, on average.

One of the most unusual things about Venus is that it rotates backwards from the rest of the planets in the Solar System. Seen from above, all of the planets rotate counter-clockwise, but Venus turns clockwise. Of course, Venus orbits so slowly that its day is actually longer than its year. A day on Venus lasts 243 Earth days, while its year is 224.7 Earth days.


Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Kelcie Mills
Guest
Kelcie Mills
July 24, 2008 10:24 PM

this is a great website for my topic
Traveling through the universe
its heaps of help and just what i need.

Megan
Guest
Megan
August 10, 2008 4:40 PM

This is very very interesting! =D

Sasha
Guest
Sasha
January 22, 2009 10:20 PM

This info helped me a lot with my report of Venus!

wpDiscuz