As pretty as Venus looks from Earth

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As pretty as Venus looks from Earth, you wouldn’t want to go there. For one thing, the surface of Venus is about 470 degrees C (that’s 900 degrees F).

I think there are some inversion and ellipsis in the underlined clause.
What happened to it?
I think there should be a conjuction to link the clause to the main clause.
Does the first "as" do the job?
Or is it just a part of "as" structure?
Thanks in advance
  • panjandrum

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    English-Ireland (top end)
    I can't explain the grammar of the structure, but it is familiar and correct.
    Although Venus looks very pretty from Earth, ...
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