Venus is an inner, or telluric, planet; the second from the Sun. It is the third brightest object in the sky, after the Sun and the Moon. It is of similar size to the Earth and, according to observations, does not have a magnetic field. Venus rotates very slowly in a retrograde direction. The surface temperature is 470°C, due to an extreme greenhouse effect. The planet is completely surrounded by clouds composed of sulphuric acid.