Difference between Earth and Venus

Key Difference: Earth and Venus are neighbors of each other. Earth is the third planet from the Sun; whereas Venus is the second planet from the Sun.

Earth is basically a planet where a person can live. It is the world where one can survive because of atmosphere. The Earth is the third planet from the Sun, which is spherical in shape, and revolves around the sun. Earth is a planet that has life; it is composed of many minerals and is a solid mass that is compacted with rocks. The Earth rotates on its axis from the west to east, and revolves around the Sun. The Earth completes one rotation in 24 hours and one revolution around the sun in 365 days. Hence, this time period is called a year.

Venus is the second planet from the Sun. Venus does have atmosphere, but it is primarily contained of carbon dioxide as compared to the atmosphere found in planet Earth, which is contained mostly of nitrogen and oxygen. The size of Venus is as similar to the Earth, and it is often described as Earth’s sister. It was basically named after the Roman goddess of ‘love and beauty.’

Comparison between Earth and Venus:

 

Earth

Venus

Planet

Earth is the third planet from the Sun.

Venus is the second planet from the Sun.

Size

Earth is bigger as compared to Venus.

Venus is smaller as compared to Earth.

Radius

6,371 km

6,052 km

Surface area

10,072,000 km²

460,234,317 km²

Mass

5.972E24 kg

4.867E24 kg

Atmosphere

The atmosphere found in planet Earth is contained mostly of nitrogen and oxygen.

The atmosphere of planet is primarily comprised of carbon dioxide.

Distance from the Sun

149,600,000 km

108,200,000 km

Rotates

Earth rotates counter clockwise on its axis.

Venus rotates clockwise on its axis.

Adjective

Terrestrial, Terran, Telluric, Tellurian, Earthly

Venusian or (rarely) Cytherean, Venerean

Hours

Earth rotates in about 24 hours.

Venus rotates in the contrary sense in 243 days.

Temperature

The surface temperature on the planet Earth goes only about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes it possible for life to thrive on this planet.

The surface temperature on the planet Venus is nine times hotter than that on planet Earth.

Image Courtesy: wired.com, bobthealien.co.uk

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