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Rainbow-Like Feature on Venus

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Venus Rainbow

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.


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Space Weather Explosions at Venus

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Space Weather and 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.

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Mountains on Venus Create Wave Trains

Mountains on Venus Create Wave Trains

The planet Venus is blanketed by high-level clouds.


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Venus Express Report 261 For the Period 26 May to 22 June 2013

Venus Express Report 261 For the Period 26 May to 22 June 2013

This reporting period covers four weeks of Venus Express operations. It includes continuation of the twenty-fourth eclipse season and the fifteenth Earth occultation season, implementation of the automation of spacecraft passes at the Mission Operations Centre, thermal fuel gauging tests, and handling of a spacecraft event time anomaly.


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Venus Express Update

Venus Express Update

The European Space Agency has released its periodic report on the research being conducted the Venus Express orbiter. This one includes the end of the twenty-third eclipse season, end of the fourteenth Earth occultation season and continuation of the surface imaging campaign.


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Venus As Seen From Saturn by Cassini

Venus As Seen From Saturn by Cassini

Peering over the shoulder of giant Saturn, through its rings, and across interplanetary space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies the bright, cloudy terrestrial planet, Venus. The vast distance from Saturn means that Venus only shows up as a white dot, just above and to the right of the image center.


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When a Planet Behaves Like a Comet

When a Planet Behaves Like a Comet

ESA's Venus Express has made unique observations of Venus during a period of reduced solar wind pressure, discovering that the planet's ionosphere balloons out like a comet's tail on its nightside.


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Transit of Venus To Be Observed from Saturn

Transit of Venus To Be Observed from Saturn

This graphic shows the path of Venus across the face of the sun on Dec. 21, 2012, as will be seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in the Saturn system. This will be the first time a spacecraft has tracked a transit of a planet in our solar system from beyond Earth orbit.


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Have Venusian Volcanoes Been Caught in the Act?

Have Venusian Volcanoes Been Caught in the Act?

Six years of observations by ESA's Venus Express have shown large changes in the sulphur dioxide content of the planet's atmosphere, and one intriguing possible explanation is volcanic eruptions.


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Chasing clouds on Venus

Chasing clouds on Venus

Clouds regularly punctuate Earth's blue sky, but on Venus the clouds never part, for the planet is wrapped entirely in a 20 km-thick veil of carbon dioxide and sulphuric dioxide haze. This view shows the cloud tops of Venus as seen in ultraviolet light by the Venus Express spacecraft on 8 December 2011, from a distance of about 30 000 km.


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Cold Layer in the Atmosphere of Venus

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.


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Venus: An Engineering Problem

Venus: An Engineering Problem

Hot, toxic, and murky, Venus serves as an extraordinary engineering challenge, according to Jim Garvin. Venus is bizarre. One day on Venus is nearly as long as one year on Earth. It rotates about its axis in the opposite direction of all the other planets in our solar system.


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Venus Thrills Millions of People Around the Earth

Venus Thrills Millions of People Around the Earth Video in Story

It is one of those rare events that captures the imagination of people around the Earth for more than a few minutes. While the headlines were filled with what is considered newsworthy yesterday, people around the world took the time, if the weather permitted, and location, to view an event most will likely never see again.


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Last Transit of Venus For A Century

Last Transit of Venus For A Century

On Tuesday, 5 June 2012, Venus will cross the face of the sun - as seen from Earth beginning at 22:09 UT (6:09 PM EDT). These transits are rare - they occur in pairs and only very century or so. The last transit was in 2004. The next one will be in 2117. Below are a series of links to various resources you can use to best appreciate this once in a lifetime experience.


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Venus, A Planetary Portrait of Inner Beauty

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 between 2000 B.C. and the last one in 2004.


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Video: Space Weather - Explosions on Venus

Video: Space Weather - Explosions on Venus Video in Story

In the grand scheme of the solar system, Venus and Earth are almost the same distance from the Sun. Yet the planets differ dramatically: Venus is some 100 times hotter than Earth and its days more than 200 times longer.


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Counting Down to the Transit of Venus

Counting Down to the Transit of Venus

Three months before the last transit of Venus this century, scientists are gathering at the Observatoire de Paris to finalize their observation plans in a workshop supported by the Europlanet Research Infrastructure and the EGIDE/PHC Sakura Program.



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