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September 16, 2014
NASA Research Helps Unravel Mysteries Of The Venusian Atmosphere
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 12, 2014
Underscoring the vast differences between Earth and its neighbor Venus, new research shows a glimpse of giant holes in the electrically charged layer of the Venusian atmosphere, called the ionosphere. The observations point to a more complicated magnetic environment than previously thought - which in turn helps us better understand this neighboring, rocky planet. Planet Venus, with its thick atmosphere made of carbon dioxide, its parched surface, and pressures so high that landers are crushe ... read more

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Venus Express Aerobraking update
Venus Express completed the 38th aerobraking orbit on 25 June with pericentre passage expected to have occurred at 21:37:04z; the spacecraft was in braking mode between 19:59:05z and 21:54:05z. The ... more
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Venus Express gets ready to take the plunge
After eight years in orbit, ESA's Venus Express has completed routine science observations and is preparing for a daring plunge into the planet's hostile atmosphere. Venus Express was launched on a ... more
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Venus glory
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. ... more
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NASA Researcher Finds Planet-Sized Space Weather Explosions at Venus
Researchers recently discovered that a common space weather phenomenon on the outskirts of Earth's magnetic bubble, the magnetosphere, has much larger repercussions for Venus. The giant explosions, ... more
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Explosions on Venus engulf entire planet
A common space weather phenomenon on the outskirts of Earth's magnetic bubble has larger - much larger - repercussions for Venus, NASA scientists say. ... more
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Venus mountains create wave trains
The planet Venus is blanketed by high-level clouds. At visible wavelengths, individual cloud features are difficult to see, but observations made by instruments on ESA's Venus Express orbiter have r ... more
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Sounding Rocket to Peek at Atmosphere of Venus
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
As the closest planet to Earth, Venus is a relatively easy object to observe. However, many mysteries remain, not least the super-rotation of Venus' atmosphere, which enables high altitude winds to ... more
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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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    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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    The Mysterious Arc of Venus
    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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