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This Is Your Week
Mar 27, 2023 11:11 AM CDT
'Planet Collectors,' This Is Your Week
5 planets—Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Uranus, and Mars—will be lining up, with best viewing Tuesday
- Keep an eye to the sky this week for a chance to see a planetary hangout. Five planets—Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Uranus, and Mars—will line up near the moon, per the AP . More details:
Where and when can you see them?
The best day to catch the whole group
On Our Sister Planet, the First
Direct Evidence of Eruptions
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Mar 25, 2023 12:50 PM CDT
On Our Sister Planet, the First Direct Evidence of Eruptions
Evidence suggests Venus is volcanically active 'right now'
- The second rock from the sun is much like the third, at least in terms of volcanic activity. "It's an active planet—right now," says Robert Herrick, a planetary scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, who's found evidence that volcanic eruptions are indeed occurring on...
Hold Up Your Pinkie
for Tonight's Sky Event
Mar 1, 2023 10:50 AM CST
Hold Up Your Pinkie for Tonight's Sky Event
Jupiter, Venus 'conjunction' will make planets seem to be very close; they're still 400M miles apart
- Jupiter and Venus are more than 400 million miles apart, but on Wednesday night, they'll appear to be just a pinkie finger's length apart, with your hand held at arm's length. That's according to AccuWeather , which notes that the month of March will kick off with...
Experts: Mars Isn't
the Best Target for
Sep 26, 2022 7:35 PM CDT
Experts: Mars Isn't the Best Target for Interplanetary Mission
Researchers say crewed mission to Venus would provide valuable experience
- While Venus is never going to be a vacation destination for space tourists, largely because anybody stepping foot on its surface would die in a split-second from intense heat and crushing air pressure, a group of experts is arguing that it would be a better target than Mars for the...
Ever See 5 Planets
Lined Up Before?
Here's Your Chance
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Jun 11, 2022 6:30 AM CDT
Ever See 5 Planets Lined Up Before? Here's Your Chance
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn will all be aligned in June
- Get ready for a planetary sky show not seen since "Hey Ya!" topped the charts and Mark Zuckerberg was launching Facebook out of his college dorm room. Throughout the month of June, those on the US mainland will be able to see, sans telescope, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter,...
Apr 27, 2022 2:58 PM CDT
Venus, Jupiter to Converge This Weekend
Planets' conjunction best viewed early Saturday
- Despite being millions of miles apart, Venus and Jupiter appear to meet in the night sky about once a year in what's known as a conjunction. But skywatchers who take in the sight this year are in for a real treat, as the planets will appear much closer than...
Strange Venus Find
May Not Be Sign of Life
in case you missed it
Jul 17, 2021 5:05 PM CDT
Strange Venus Find May Not Be Sign of Life
Researchers say phosphine could be a sign planet is volcanically active
- A tantalizing find detected in the clouds of Venus last year may not be a sign of life after all, researchers say. The gas phosphine is usually associated with biological life on Earth and scientists said last year that it was "astonishing" to find it on Venus. Researchers at...
2 Missions to Our 'Evil Twin'
Jun 3, 2021 1:24 AM CDT
NASA Announces 2 Missions to Our 'Evil Twin'
We're headed back to Venus for the first time in decades
- Venus has been, as the
New York Times
puts it, "overlooked" by NASA for decades—but no longer. The space agency on Wednesday announced two missions to Earth's closest planetary neighbor slated for the late 2020s. Veritas will map the planet's surface, while DaVinci Plus
Our Sister Planet
Just Got Undressed
Apr 30, 2021 9:40 AM CDT
Our Sister Planet Just Got Undressed
Venus' fundamental properties revealed through radar speckle tracking
- Scientists have parted the clouds on Venus, our shrouded neighbor, revealing the length of its day, the rough size of its core, and the tilt of its axis. All this took almost 15 years to figure out. Between 2006 and 2020, Jean-Luc Margot and colleagues at the University of California,...
Sep 14, 2020 11:23 AM CDT
Something Weird Is Happening on Venus
Chemical associated with biological life is detected in the clouds
- Astronomers have found something unexpected in the clouds of Venus—a chemical usually associated with biological life. Does this mean there's life on Venus? Nope, far from it, explains the
MIT Technology Review
. But the gist from coverage is that the discovery is extremely intriguing. In their paper in...
It Turns Out Venus Is
Not Our Closest Neighbor
Mar 15, 2019 9:07 AM CDT
It Turns Out Venus Is Not Our Closest Neighbor
On average, that is
- File this one away for bar trivia night: The planet closest to Earth is not Venus. So say researchers in a paper in Physics Today touting the new mathematical method they devised that spit out the true nearest neighbor when distance is averaged over time: Mercury. And here's the...
Obama Aims for Mars, but
Venus May Be More Logical
Oct 12, 2016 11:50 AM CDT
Obama Aims for Mars, but Venus May Be More Logical
One drawback: We'd never be able to plant a flag
- President Obama wants to have humans on Mars in about 20 years, a goal that prompts all kinds of questions about the logistics of such a feat. But as Brian Fung writes in the
, it also prompts a more fundamental question: Why Mars and not Venus? As proponents...
3B Years Ago,
Aug 8, 2016 12:19 PM CDT
3B Years Ago, Venus Might've Been Livable
Climate models suggest it was a lot like early Earth
- Venus is perhaps best known as "that torrid acid bath next door," as Gizmodo puts it, with toxic thunderclouds and atmospheric pressure capable of crushing bones, per Science Alert —but it might have looked very different 700 million years ago. After plugging topographic data and the hydrogen...
Jun 30, 2015 5:05 PM CDT
Jupiter, Venus Together This Evening
Look to the west around sunset
- Sky watchers get a treat this evening: Venus and Jupiter will appear to be practically on top of each other. The two planets will be separated in the sky by just one-third of a degree, which means you'll be able to cover them both with your pinky finger, notes...
Inflatable 'Sky Rover'
Could Explore Venus
Mar 3, 2014 12:46 PM CST
Inflatable 'Sky Rover' Could Explore Venus
Aircraft could float in planet's atmosphere for a year
- Scientists are eager to learn more about Earth's "sister planet," and a new airship being developed by engineers at Northrop Grumman and L'Garde could help make that happen. The Venus Atmospheric Maneuverable Platform, or VAMP, is described by Space.com as a large but extremely light...
Venus Making Its Sun Transit
Jun 5, 2012 7:53 PM CDT
Venus Making Its Sun Transit
It's the last time this century
- Some nice images are coming in from the rare pass of Venus in front of the sun, and NASA TV is covering the event live here . MSNBC is rounding up other images here . If you missed the anticipatory buzz, know that this won't happen again for about 100 years.
What We Can
Jun 5, 2012 1:46 PM CDT
What We Can Learn From Venus' Transit
Phenomenon could help us identify exoplanets
- Astronomers have identified some 2,000 possible far-off worlds called exoplanets, and today could mark a milestone in the quest to confirm their findings. The transit of Venus across the sun could help us learn about the changes in light caused by a planet passing its star—and this knowledge...
Transit of Venus
Jun 5, 2012 7:46 AM CDT
How to Watch Today's Transit of Venus
Last time until 2117
- Tuesday night Bingo will have to wait: Barring the discovery of some fountain of youth, today is the last chance you'll get to watch the second planet cross the sun in a simple, twice-a-century phenomenon called the transit of Venus. All the usual rules apply, notes the
Venus to Cross
Sun for Last Time
in case you missed it
Jun 2, 2012 12:43 PM CDT
Venus to Cross Sun for Last Time This Century
Transit occurs Tuesday; next one in 2117
- This Tuesday, Venus will move between the Earth and the sun—and you may want to catch it now, because you probably won't be around when it happens again in 2117. The event will be visible throughout the US shortly before sunset. On the East Coast, you'll want...
Nestle Nice and
Mar 12, 2012 6:08 PM CDT
Venus, Jupiter Nestle Nice and Close Tonight
Planets will dazzle skywatchers with annual get-together
- Look out the window tonight and you'll see two planetary pals coming together for their annual rendezvous. Venus and Jupiter, which have been approaching each other for months, will finally dazzle skywatchers this week by nestling nice and close—from our perspective, in fact, just a few inches apart....
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