Venus and the Volcanoes!

Contributor: Nichole Brooker. Lesson ID: 11747

Do you like to breathe? Would you like to go swimming in a sea of super-hot melted rock? Do you not like the moon? Then plan a vacation to Venus! Learn about this nearby planet.


Earth Science

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personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
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Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • Can you solve this riddle?

I am the second planet closest to the sun
But no matter what, I like to have fun!

I have lots of volcanoes and clouds around me
Wouldn't you like to come and have tea?

I am the closest planet to Earth and about the same size
My surface is so hot, it would incinerate French fries!

Which planet am I?

  • Did you figure out the riddle?

If you guessed Venus, you were right!

Venus is the closest neighbor to Earth, and you can even see it in the morning or evening sky (most of the time).

It looks like a star, but it is not. The difference between a planet and a star is that stars twinkle and planets do not.

Venus in the night sky

Venus and Earth have a few things in common!

Their cores are made of the same stuff. Venus comprises a central iron core and a rocky mantle, similar to Earth. They are almost the same size as well.

Venus is often called Earth's twin or sister. They weigh about the same, too!

Venus compared to Earth

Scientists can't see the surface of Venus from Earth because there are very thick clouds that surround the planet.

cloud cover over Venus

It's good to have a space program to explore and report back to us! Here is what we know about Venus.

  • It is the hottest planet in our solar system! It is about 872 degrees Fahrenheit on Venus!
  • The planet has many volcanoes and lava areas.

lava flowing across Venus

Scientists think there could be 1,000,000 volcanoes on Venus! There are 1600 major volcanos, but thousands of smaller ones are all over the planet.

Comparatively, Earth has 1,500 potentially active volcanoes on its surface.

  • As humans, we can't breathe the air in Venus' atmosphere because it is mostly carbon dioxide, which is what we breathe out.
  • It also has a lot of sulfuric acid clouds that make it smell like rotten eggs! Venus is a stinky planet!
  • The atmosphere — the gases and air around the planet — is so heavy that it would crush you.
  • Venus rotates backward! That means its sun rises in the west and sets in the east!
  • Venus is often the brightest thing you see when you look in the night sky, second only to the moon.
  • Venus doesn't have any moons that rotate around it.
  • Venus does not have any rings around it.

Humans could not live on Venus for many reasons, but the temperature is the biggest factor. Because the temperature could melt steel, certainly you would not want to be there!

surface of Venus

For more information about Venus, check out the video below.

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Now that you have a good idea of what Venus is like, head over to the Got It? section to compare Venus to your home planet. See if you can remember what the planets have in common.

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