Venus is the second planet from the binary star at the centre of the SOL star system, the sun. Orbiting it every 224.7 Earth days. It has no natural satellite (moon). Its elongation reaches a maximum of 47.8°. It is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty.
After Earth's Moon, it is the brightest natural object in the night sky (of Earth), reaching an apparent magnitude of −4.6 (in the night sky), bright enough to cast shadows under the right conditions. Venus reaches its maximum brightness shortly before sunrise or shortly after sunset (as seen on Earth), for which reason it has been referred to by ancient cultures as the Morning Star or Evening Star. Such as the Mayan culture, even though its a planet, not a star, nor a planet-planet (such as Jupiter).
Venus is a terrestrial planet, which means its primarily composed of silicate rocks and metals. Its sometimes called Earth's "sister planet" by academics in the current age and level of understanding because of their similar size, gravity, and bulk composition, furthermore pointing out that Venus is both the closest planet to Earth and the planet closest in size to Earth in the star system. While the Plejaren reference the now destroyed planet Malona as Earth's sister planet. Current understanding additionally points out that it has also been shown to be very different from Earth in other respects undermining the academic conclusions. It has the densest atmosphere of the four terrestrial planets in this star system, consisting of more than 96% carbon dioxide. The atmospheric pressure at the planet's surface is 92 times that of Earth's. With a mean surface temperature of 735 K (Kelvin) (462 °C; 863 °F), making it by far the hottest planet in the Solar System (Sol star system). It has no carbon cycle to lock carbon back into rocks and surface features, nor does it have any organic life to absorb it into biomass. Venus is shrouded by an opaque layer of highly reflective clouds of sulphuric acid, preventing its surface from being seen from space via the visible light spectrum at least. Venus may have possessed oceans in the past but these would have vaporized as the temperature rose due to a runaway greenhouse effect (Also see Akart). The water has most probably photo-dissociated and because of the lack of a planetary magnetic field, the free hydrogen has been swept into interplanetary space by the solar wind from the local star. Venus's surface is a dry desert scape interspersed with slab-like rocks and periodically refreshed by volcanism.
In Block 13 of the Contact Notes in German (page 2542): On the 238th contact, 18th May, 1991, Ptaah told Billy that there existed a planet circling the Sun where today Venus has its orbit. It was a planet called "Skill" (as called by the Plejaran). It was 6,100 kilometres in diameter, which is roughly half the size of Earth. Earth is 12,756.2 kilometres.
- Skill collided with the Destroyer Comet and was hurled into SOL, our sun.
- Skill means "Oede" in German, that in English means: "waste, desolateness, barrenness, deserted). Which also fits the description of current day Venus, in the same orbit.
Venus in contact 31 is flown past in a beamship when Billy jokes about photographing a Venusian, which spurs a conversation about fraudulent contactees, because no one lives there. Its another desolate and uninhabitable planet.