A Day on Venus is Longer Than a Year on Venus


Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • revolution: to go around something (Earth revolves around the Sun.)
  • rotation: the spinning of something (Venus’s rotation is backwards.)
  • axis: a real or imaginary line that something rotates on
  • retrograde: in a backwards movement

A Day on Venus is Longer Than a Year on Venus

The definition of a year is the amount of time it takes for a planet to make one revolution around the Sun. Earth’s planet, Venus, takes 225 Earth days to revolve around the sun. The definition of a day is how long it takes for a planet to do one complete rotation on its own axis. It takes Venus 243 days to do this. , a day on Venus is longer than a year on Venus. The rotation of Venus on its axis is retrograde. It rotates in the direction of Earth and the other planets in the Solar System (Uranus spins on its side).

Comprehension Questions

  1. What interesting fact is the main topic of this report?
  2. What is the scientific definition of a day?
  3. Why does the report mention Uranus?

Discussion Questions: Venus is sometimes called Earth’s sister or twin planet. Why do you think this is? Do a little research to find out what similarities and differences there are between Venus and Earth. Does your city, town, state or province have a sister?

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