Tag: Venus

New Calculations Reveal Venus Is Not The Closest Planet To Earth

Scientists found that contrary to popular belief, the Earth's closest neighbor is not Venus. The formula used to measure distances between planets were not as accurate as people thought it was.

Space March 16, 2019

70s Era Soviet Spacecraft To Fall Back Into Earth's Atmosphere Without Completing Its Mission

Experts brace for the descent of Kosmos 482, a Soviet-era Venus probe, to the surface of Earth. The probe was launched in 1972 but never made it to its destination.

Space March 4, 2019

BepiColombo Takes First Selfie As It Starts Long Journey To Mercury

The BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module took a photo from its first day in its seven-year journey to Mercury. The spacecraft was launched on Friday night and is expected to arrive at its destination by 2025.

Space October 22, 2018

NASA Just Tested An Umbrella-Shaped Heatshield That May Soon Be Used On Mars

NASA tested an aeroshell that will be used in future space missions. The device opens like an umbrella, protects its cargo from heat, and slow the descent of the spacecraft to the ground.

Space September 17, 2018

Fast Winds And Atmospheric Fluctuations On Venus Could Change The Length Of A Day By 2 Minutes

A new study revealed that the length of a day on Venus could change by two minutes. This is due to the interactions between the bulges in Venus's mountains and the atmosphere.

Space June 18, 2018

Scientists Say Orbits Of Jupiter And Venus Impact Earth's Climate Every 405,000 Years

A new study has revealed that gravitational pull from Jupiter and Venus changes the Earth's orbit every 405,000 years. This impacts climate and all life on Earth.

Space May 7, 2018

Venus To Be Visible In The Night Sky Throughout April: Here’s How To Watch

Venus will shine brighter than usual all throughout this month. Make sure your binoculars are ready — check out this nightwatch guide to know when to get spectacular views.

Space April 16, 2018

Extraterrestrial Life Could Be Thriving In The Clouds Of Planet Venus

Could the clouds of Venus actually host extraterrestrial life? Researchers of a new study said that the dark patches in the clouds of the planet could be comparable to algae blooms.

Space March 31, 2018

In Case We Manage To Land On Planet Mars, What Are The Chances Of Living There?

The human mission to Mars has ignited popular attention. However, the mission is dotted with many challenges. Topping the list is tough living conditions triggering the question whether how successful will be human life on Mars.

Space May 9, 2017

Atmosphere Detected On Earth-Like Planet GJ 1132b: How Likely Is It To Host Life?

For the first time, scientists have detected an atmosphere around an exoplanet bolstering the prospects of finding life outside the solar system. Dubbed GJ 1132b, the exoplanet orbits the dwarf star GJ 1132.

Space April 11, 2017

NASA Gives Nod For 10 SmallSat Missions To Study Solar System: What Are Their Goals?

NASA has approved to launch 10 small satellite missions to explore the solar system. SmallSats have proven their utility for cutting edge science allowing easy deployment from larger spacecraft to carry out targeted investigations in the inner solar system.

Space March 28, 2017

Venus Exploration In High Gear: BepiColombo Mission And More

Venus, known as the sister planet of Earth, is getting more attention with a slew of near-term and mid-term exploration plans. The near-term plans include a flyby of BepiColombo, the joint mission of the ESA and JAXA.

Space March 13, 2017

China And India Pump Up Space Programs

China and India have enhanced their space spending. China has many space ventures in 2017 including a lunar mission while India jacked up space budget by 20 percent and put Mars and Venus missions on high priority.

Space February 15, 2017

NASA's Computer Chip Can Resist Heat On Venus

It has been virtually impossible for any equipment to survive long periods on the surface of Venus, until now. NASA scientists have finally developed a computer chip that can resist extreme heat and pressure similar to that on the planet.

Space February 9, 2017

Giant Gravity Wave Spotted On Venus: What It Reveals About The Mysterious Planet

For the first time, a huge bow-shaped wave was seen in the highest regions of the Venusian atmosphere and considered a gravity wave, another source of wonder and insight into the planet's thick atmosphere.

Space January 17, 2017

Spooky Clouds Swirling Around Venus Atmosphere Prompt Alien Probe By US, Russian Scientists

Called Venera-D, the joint mission by NASA and Roscosmos is poised to send an uncrewed aerial vehicle to the heart of Venus’ atmosphere to investigate the possibility of microbial life.

Space January 9, 2017

Skywatching In 2017: Here’s When To Look Up To Catch The Planets

A complete guide on star gazing shows everything needed to catch astronomical sights in 2017. It will also list the best constellations each planet will occupy during the year in broad details covering conjunctions, oppositions, and elongations.

Space January 5, 2017

Rocky, Venus-Like Exoplanet Might Contain Oxygen In Its Atmosphere

A rocky, Venus-like exoplanet first reported in 2015 may potentially contain signs of oxygen in its atmosphere. However, the potential presence of oxygen does not mean that the exoplanet is habitable.

Space August 22, 2016

Ancient Venus Once Had An Earth-Like Atmosphere

Using models typically used by climate scientists, a team of NASA astronomers determined whether Venus was once habitable or not. The results reveal an ancient Venus that is very different from what the planet is today.

Space August 12, 2016

NASA Climate Model Suggests Planet Venus May Have Been Livable

Planet Venus is now a hellish world. Simulations using NASA's climate model, however, revealed that the second planet from the sun may have once been habitable.

Space August 11, 2016

How 'Electric Wind' Removes Atmospheres, Oceans In Planets Like Venus

Venus may have hosted a large amount of water billions of years ago, but it evaporated. Scientists say the planet's 'electric wind' may have caused the lack of water.

Space June 21, 2016

Japanese Spacecraft Sends Back Images Of Acidic Clouds And Mysterious Bow Shape From Venus

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has unveiled the first observations made by the Akatsuki spacecraft since resuming its intended orbit around Venus. These include high-quality images of acidic clouds and a strange bow-shaped cloud located in Venus' atmosphere.

Space April 19, 2016

Exoplanet With Most Eccentric Orbit Flashes With Reflected Light

Scientists have detected a strange exoplanet only more than a hundred light-years away from Earth. The exoplanet has a highly eccentric orbit, and also flashes bright reflected light whenever it gets close to its star.

Space March 19, 2016

Aliens In Extraterrestrial Worlds May Have Gone Extinct: Astrobiologists

The universe is teeming with habitable planets but scientists have not yet confirmed finding alien life. The Gaian Bottleneck Hypothesis may have the answer.

Space January 22, 2016

Japanese Spacecraft's Second Try At Venus After 5 Years Adrift In Space

The Akatsuki space probe, drifting in space since 2010, successfully enters orbit around Venus. An engine malfunction caused its first try 5 years ago to go awry.

Space December 8, 2015

Closest Earth-Sized Rocky Exoplanet Found That Could Be A Cousin Of Venus

Astronomers discover GJ 1132b, the closest exoplanet to the Earth that has similarities to both our planet and Venus.

Space November 17, 2015

Mars, Jupiter, Venus And Crescent Moon Line Up In The Sky [Video]

Mars, Jupiter and Venus, together with crescent moon, all lined up to form a spectacular celestial show. While planetary alignments are not so rare, three planets and the moon residing in one area of the sky is not typical.

Space November 9, 2015

Astronomers Forecast Meteor Showers, Dancing Planets This November

Several different cosmic phenomena are expected to occur in the month of November. These include the continuation of the planetary race between Venus, Mars and Jupiter, the Taurid and Leonid meteor showers and the transits of the Vesta asteroid and the Catalina comet.

Space November 2, 2015

Pre-Halloween Sky To Show Jupiter, Mars And Venus Lining Up For The Last Time Until 2021

Stargazers have the exciting opportunity to see Venus, Mars and Jupiter line up to form a triangle in this week's early morning skies. The next time such a formation will happen again will be in the year 2021.

Space October 26, 2015

NASA Shortlists Venus and Asteroids for Discovery Program's Low-Cost Space Missions

NASA has chosen the five finalists for the Discovery program. The five projects focus on planet Venus, asteroids and near-Earth objects and offer potentials at unraveling the history of the Solar system.

Space October 1, 2015

Searching For Life On Mars With Stephen Gorevan Of Honeybee Robotics

Stephen Gorevan, chairman of Honeybee Robotics, a Brooklyn-based company best known for the work it’s done to equip NASA’s Mars rovers with robotic life-detection components, talks about aerospace technology and the future of space exploration.

Robotics July 23, 2015

India Plans Mission To Venus Following Success Of Mars Orbiter

Officials at the Indian Space Research Organization have expressed their plans to launch other space missions, including an exploration to Earth's sister planet Venus, after the success of the Mars Orbiter Mission.

Space July 23, 2015

Best Opportunity To See Jupiter And Venus Get Cozy: Don't Miss Star Of Bethlehem Moment

Our solar system's two brightest planets as seen from Earth will meet up in the night sky. The alignment known as a conjunction will provide a dramatic sight in the night sky just after sunset.

Space June 30, 2015

Jupiter, Venus Set To Tango This Week: Here's How You Can Watch This Rare Celestial Event

Venus and Jupiter will be seen close together through the rest of June. Here is a guide for the celestial event.

Space June 27, 2015

Thermal Imaging Data Suggest Venus Still Has Active Volcanoes

It appears Venus is still an active planet, and very much so. New evidence suggest there could be lava flowing on the planet's surface right now.

Space June 21, 2015

Venus And Jupiter Continue Celestial Dance As Moon And Regulus Watch: When And How To See

Venus, Jupiter, the moon and the star Regulus are set to showcase what seems like a celestial dance in the evening sky starting this June. Aspiring astronomers may see the event through their backyard telescopes.

Space June 20, 2015

Scientists Find Evidence Of Hot Lava Flowing On Venus

Astronomers have found lava flowing in hotspots on planet Venus, evidenced by images sent from the Venus Express.

Space June 20, 2015

Stargazers, Here's How To Watch Planetary Date Of Jupiter And Venus In June

Jupiter and Venus will be moving closer to each other starting Sunday night and will eventually get into a celestial embrace at the end of June. Here's how to witness the phenomenon.

Space June 1, 2015

Scientists Plan To Send Vamp, An Inflatable Airplane, To Venus

Northrop Grumman is working on VAMP, an inflatable spacecraft designed to cruise the atmosphere of Venus. The concept will join NASA's New Frontiers planetary science competition.

Space May 15, 2015

Planets Without Magnetospheres Extremely Vulnerable To Solar Eruptions

Solar eruptions are known to cause significant damages to planets in the solar system. Venus, a planet without magnetospheres, is highly vulnerable even to a small solar eruption.

Space April 13, 2015

Venus Bares All: Radar Reveals Planet's True Surface

Earth-bound astronomers use radar instruments to peer beneath the obscuring cloud atmosphere, gaining a look at the surface of Venus. Radar image reveals volcanoes, craters and mountain ranges.

Space March 10, 2015

Jupiter And Company To Provide Skywatchers With Stunning Astronomical Shows This March

Jupiter and its moons will be visible from the Earth this month. Sky gazers will have to use a decent pair of binoculars or a medium telescope to see the moons of the planet.

Space March 3, 2015

Venus And Mars Tango In Moonlit Sky: Here's How You Can Watch

Venus and Mars will be seen close together in the sky this weekend. Here is how to view the planetary conjunction.

Space February 21, 2015

Mars, Venus, And Moon Doing Beautiful Celestial Dance Friday Night

The three heavenly bodies will form a triangle in the Friday night sky. The spectacle is also expected to be visible to the naked eye.

Space February 20, 2015

Moon To Cozy Up To Planets Later This Week

Venus, Mars and the Moon will all be seen close together in the sky on February 20. Here is how to see the beautiful display.

Space February 18, 2015

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