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April 15, 2014
Venus glory
Paris (ESA) Mar 13, 2014
A rainbow-like feature known as a 'glory' has been seen by ESA's Venus Express orbiter in the atmosphere of our nearest neighbour - the first time one has been fully imaged on another planet. Rainbows and glories occur when sunlight shines on cloud droplets - water particles in the case of Earth. While rainbows arch across wide swathes of the sky, glories are typically much smaller and comprise a series of coloured concentric rings centred on a bright core. Glories are only seen when the obs ... read more

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A week after launching a new orbiter to investigate the upper atmosphere of Mars, NASA is sending a sounding rocket to probe the atmosphere of Venus. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or M ... more
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Super-hurricane-force winds on Venus are getting stronger
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Winds on Venus have accelerated by a third: scientists
Already travelling at super-hurricane speeds, winds on Venus have accelerated by an astonishing one-third over the past six years, the European Space Agency (ESA) reported on Tuesday. ... more
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Surprises in the South polar vortex in Venus' atmosphere
The astronomers in the UPV/EHU's Planetary Science Group have published, on-line in the prestigious journal Nature Geoscience, a study of the atmospheric vortex of the south pole of Venus, a huge wh ... more
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Cassini Spies Bright Venus From Saturn Orbit
A distant world gleaming in sunlight, Earth's twin planet, Venus, shines like a bright beacon in images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in orbit around Saturn. One special image of Venus an ... more
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The tail of Venus and the weak solar wind
Measurements obtained with ESA's Venus Express spacecraft have shed new light on the interaction between the solar wind and the second planet from the Sun. During a rare period of very low density s ... more
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The Three Transits Of Venus 2012
Many people around the world were thrilled to see a transit of Venus in June (June 5 in the United States and June 6 in Asia, on the other side of the International Dateline), the dark silhouette of ... more
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A New State of Venus's Atmosphere
Observations from NASA's Pioneer Venus orbiter, which reached Venus in 1978, suggested that Venus's ionosphere had two states: a magnetized state with a large- scale horizontal magnetic field and an ... more
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Saturn's Transit of Venus on Dec. 21, 2012
Last June, astronomers urged sky watchers to observe the transit of Venus. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, they said. The black disk of the second planet wouldn't crawl across the face of t ... more
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An elusive effect measured during the last Venus transit
A team of Italian astronomers performed a very difficult measurement for which it was necessary to use the most advanced instrumentation in combination with an unusual technique, so as to involve ev ... more
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A new episode of active volcanism on Venus?
For decades, planetary scientists have debated whether Venus possesses active volcanoes. The latest twist to the tale is provided by data sent back from ESA's Venus Express orbiter, revealing unexpl ... more
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Venus Caught Transiting The Sun
The very rare astronomical event of Venus, the nearest planet to Earth, passing in front of the solar disk on June 5th and 6th, 2012, was captured by an international team headed by Jay Pasachoff (W ... more
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A curious cold layer in the atmosphere of Venus
Venus Express has spied a surprisingly cold region high in the planet's atmosphere that may be frigid enough for carbon dioxide to freeze out as ice or snow. The planet Venus is well known for its t ... more
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A curious cold layer in the atmosphere of Venus
Venus Express has spied a surprisingly cold region high in the planet's atmosphere that may be frigid enough for carbon dioxide to freeze out as ice or snow. The planet Venus is well known for its ... more
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Venus atmosphere said curiously cold
A European spacecraft has discovered a surprisingly cold region high in the atmosphere of Venus, usually thought of as blisteringly hot, astronomers said. ... more
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Rare transit of Venus draws sky-gazers worldwide
Sky-gazers around the world held up their telescopes and viewing glasses Wednesday to watch Venus slide across the sun - a rare celestial phenomenon that will not happen again for more than 100 years. ... more
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    When Venus transits the sun on June 5th and 6th, an armada of spacecraft and ground-based telescopes will be on the lookout for something elusive and, until recently, unexpected: The Arc of Venus. " ... more
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    The RHESSI (Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager) satellite focuses on the highest energy x-rays and gamma-rays produced by the sun, helping to observe solar flares of all shapes and sizes. ... more
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    ESA missions gear up for transit of Venus
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    Venus, the planet of broken dreams
    When Venus next week eclipses Earth, an event that will not occur again for more than a century, millions of skygazers may have romantic thoughts about our closest neighbour and its twilight beauty. ... more
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    The 2012 Transit of Venus
    On June 5th, 2012, Venus will pass across the face of the sun, producing a silhouette that no one alive today will likely see again. Transits of Venus are very rare, coming in pairs separated by mor ... more
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    Venus, a Planetary Portrait of Inner Beauty
    A Venus transit across the face of the sun is a relatively rare event - occurring in pairs with more than a century separating each pair. There have been all of 53 transits of Venus across the sun b ... more
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    The 2012 Transit of Venus
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