What are Venus?

  • (noun): Type genus of the family Veneridae: genus of edible clams with thick oval shells.
    Synonyms: genus Venus
    See also — Additional definitions below


Venus is the second planet from the Sun, orbiting it every 224.7 Earth days. The planet is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. After the Moon, it is the brightest natural object in the night sky, reaching an apparent magnitude of −4.6, bright enough to cast shadows. Because Venus is an inferior planet from Earth, it never appears to venture far from the Sun: its elongation reaches a maximum of 47.8°. Venus reaches its maximum brightness shortly before sunrise or shortly after sunset, for which reason it has been referred to by ancient cultures as the Morning Star or Evening Star.

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Knox Martin - Work
... One of his wall paintings in New York City is the twelve-story mural Venus ... Painted in 1970, Venus is located on the south side of Bayview Correctional Facility at 19th Street and the West Side Highway ... the goddess of love and fertility, Venus represents woman, erotic and supple, but it also conveys Knox Martin's love affair with New York ...
Tannhäuser (opera) - Composition History - The Paris Version
... make some dramatic sense by representing the sensual world of Venus's realm ... Venus, a role that in the Dresden version was considered a soprano, now calls for a mezzo soprano ... Venus' aria "Geliebter, komm!" was transposed down half a step and was completely altered from "...wonnige Glut durchschwelle dein Herz" ...
Runaway Greenhouse Effect - Venus
... carbon dioxide and water vapor may have occurred on Venus ... In this scenario, early Venus may have had a global ocean ... On Venus today there is little water vapor in the atmosphere ...
March 1961 - March 10, 1961 (Friday)
... proof that a signal could be sent to Venus and returned to Earth, using radar astronomy, was made by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory ... in California at a 2,388 megacycle frequency, traveling 35 million miles to Venus and then back to Earth, in a little more than six minutes ... Signals had been bounced off of Venus before, but never received back clearly enough to be "immediately detectable" ...
Venus, Florida - Geography
... Venus is located at 27°04′01″N 81°21′25″W / 27.0669°N 81.3569°W / 27.0669 -81.3569Coordinates 27°04′01″N 81°21′25″W / 27.0669 ...

More definitions of "Venus":

  • (noun): Goddess of love; counterpart of Greek Aphrodite.
    Synonyms: Urania
  • (noun): The second nearest planet to the sun; visible as an early 'morning star' or an 'evening star'; rotates slowly clockwise (in the opposite direction from the normal rotation of the planets).
    Example: "Before it was known that they were the same object the evening star was called Venus and the morning star was called Lucifer"

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