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Uploaded: October 26, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: June 6, 2010
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I wanted to do another lesson on a planet that is in our solar system. I think I have two or three other planets already submitted and they should be located in the outer space section under the “Landmarks & Places” category. The planet that you will receive a lesson on is one of the first planets that I learned about in school. Having said all that, let me now show you “how to draw Venus”, step by step. Venus is what you would call a “twin” to the Earth. Why do I say this? Well, because Venus is incredibly similar in size when compared to our planet. How does NASA know this? Well after years and years of research, they calculate the Venus is about seven thousand, five hundred twenty miles in diameter. That is only four hundred miles less and or smaller than planet Earth. That is pretty freaky and weird. If Venus is so close to our size, does that mean the planet is the closest to Earth too? Yes, Venus happens to also be the closest planet to the earth. It would take twenty three million miles to travel from Venus to Earth, now that is an astronomical hike! Do you know how this golden planet got it's name? Well, because Venus can be seen both night and day, back in the past, ancient astronomers didn't know what the mysterious mass was that they seen both in the morning light, and in the darkest skies. In the beginning they believed that the two objects were separate from each other. After coming to a logical realization that the two spheres were one, they named the planet Venus after the Roman Goddess of love and vanity. This is how the the planets are lined up just to give you a mental image of where exactly Venus is to Earth; first you have our solar system which is the sun, then comes Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. If you were to take a telescope you can see Venus go through stages in it's shape and size. What these apparent stages are is simply the different ways Venus is seen by earth from the sunlit areas at the different times we can see Venus. Pretty cool huh? All in all this is a pretty cool planet that I find very interesting. Just knowing that there is a similar planet to Earth out there, makes me feel like we are not alone! Have fun guys learning “how to draw Venus”, step by step guys, I will be back momentary with one more.

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