Venus is located on Observatory Road, 25 kilometres west of Coonabarabran. In our model, Venus is 1.9 kilometres from the telescope dome (the Sun). In the real Solar System, Venus is 108 million kilometres from the Sun!
Named after the Roman goddess of love, Venus is most often mistaken for a star or a UFO! Seen just before sunrise we call it the ‘morning star’ and again the ‘evening star’ when observed just after sunset. On Venus, the Sun rises in the west and sets in the east. Because it orbits close to the Sun, the Earth’s atmosphere causes Venus’ colour and light to fluctuate leading to frequent reported UFO sightings. Venus is the hottest planet. Its thick atmosphere exerts 90 times more pressure than Earth’s, trapping heat which increases the surface temperature to over 1000°C. It also rains sulfuric acid on Venus – the ‘goddess of love’ indeed! Venus has no moons.