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A solar system is a collection of planets and other space material orbiting a star. The Sun is the star in our solar system. Eight planets and more than 150 moons orbit around it. Most planets take an oval-shaped path around the Sun. Venus orbits in nearly a perfect circle.

The Sun and Moon are the brightest objects in Earth’s sky. But Venus is the brightest planet seen from Earth. It is bright because it is close to Earth. Also, Venus is so bright because sunlight bounces off its thick clouds.

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Making Connections


Venus spins the opposite way of most planets. What is one thing that makes you unique from other people?


Have you read other books about planets? How are those planets similar to or different from Venus?


Venus is too hot to support life. Other than temperature, what conditions do living things need to survive?

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