No one knows who discovered Venus because the planet was known to the ancients. Named by the ancient Romans after their goddess of love and beauty, it is one of the brightest objects in the night sky.
Venus is the second planet from the Sun and is a bit smaller than Earth. However, unlike other planets, Venus revolves backwards. It has neither moons nor rings, but it has clouds made of sulfuric acid and temperatures that soar close to 900 degrees Fahrenheit. Its surface pressure is 9.2 megapascals, and some spacecraft that have been sent to the planet have been destroyed even in the atmosphere.