How many moons orbit Venus?

None. There are no natural satellites orbiting Venus.

The only bodies orbiting it are the ones we have placed there such as NASA's Magellan radar satellite which produced the above picture of the surface of Venus. Radar signals penetrate the atmosphere and reveal a very complex and tortured terrain. Magellan's initial orbit was highly elliptical, taking it as close as 294 kilometers (182 miles) from Venus and as far away as 8,543 kilometers (5,296 miles). The orbit was a polar one, meaning that the spacecraft moved from south to north or vice versa during each looping pass, flying over Venus's north and south poles. Magellan completed one orbit every 3 hours, 15 minutes.


Copyright 1997 Dr. Sten Odenwald

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