Scientists have spotted evidence of potential life on the planet Venus, though they emphasized that more work needs to be done to confirm whether or not life – possibly aerial microbes – exists or whether there is an alternative non-biological explanation for their findings.

Here is a look at key facts about the planet Venus, based on information from the U.S. space agency NASA and recent research findings.

* Venus, with a diameter of about 7,500 miles (12,000 km), is slightly smaller than Earth. It is the second planet from the Sun and is Earth’s closest planetary neighbour. Venus spins from east to west, the opposite direction from all the other planets in our solar system aside from Uranus. Venus also experiences the longest day of any planet in the solar system, taking 243 Earth days to complete a rotation. Aside from the sun and moon, it is the brightest

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