Does Venus Have Moons?


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Venus is one of only two planets in the solar system to have no moons, the other being Mercury. As of 2014, there are 173 natural satellites known to be in orbit around planets in the solar system, mostly orbiting the outer planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

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The first moons seen from Earth, apart from the Earth's own natural satellite, were the four largest moons of Jupiter, identified by Galileo with a primitive telescope. His discovery that these bodies were in orbit around the planet Jupiter was instrumental in his acceptance of the heliocentric model of the solar system. As the telescope improved, more and more satellites were discovered. As of 2014, Jupiter is currently believed to have 67 moons, the most in the solar system.

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