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A fanlisting is simply an online listing of fans of a subject, such as a TV show, actor, or musician, that is created by an individual and open for fans from around the world to join.

Venus

Venus is the 2nd closest planet to the Sun, and the closest planet to Earth. The graphic on the right shows the surface of Venus, taken by the Magellan spacecraft using radar to penetrate the thick layers of clouds which totally obscures the surface. Venus never strays far from the Sun, reaching 45-47 degrees in elongation, 72-days before and after inferior conjunction.

The planet is named after Venus, the Roman goddess of love; most of its surface features are named after famous and mythological women. The adjective Venusian is commonly used for items related to Venus, though the Latin adjective is the rarely used Venerean; the now-archaic Cytherean is still occasionally encountered. Venus is the only planet in the Solar System named after a female figure, although two dwarf planets - Ceres and Eris - also have female names.

Venus can reach visual magnitudes (brightness) of -4.4, making it the brightest object in the night sky, excluding the moon. When viewed through a telescope, two things become apparent, first is the clouds, which appear yellowish in color, the 2nd is the crescent illumination.

Venus was once considered Earth's twin, a swampy place with oceans and strange creatures were imagined. After sending probes such as Mariner, Pioneer Venus, Venera (which landed on Venus), Vega, Magellan and Galileo, we know that Venus is the victim of a "run-away" greenhouse effect.

The atmosphere of Venus which is mostly Carbon - Dioxide (98%), traps most of the Suns infrared rays, heating the surface of the planet beyond the melting point of lead. If there were oceans there, they boiled away long ago.

The core of Venus is believed to be nickle-iron, but it does not generate much of a magnetic field, Pioneer however discovered Venus had a surprisingly strong magnetic field generated in its ionosphere, which is induced at the poles through interaction with the solar wind.

Venus rotates on its axis in reverse direction (retrograde) once every 243 days, with its axis kicked over almost 180 degrees.

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