Transit of Venus Across the Sun 2012: Latest News

Get the latest news and tips for the rare Venus transit across the sun on June 6, 2012. The next one is in 2117!
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European Probe Survives Daring Dive Through Venus Atmosphere
Venus Express Aerobraking
August 21st, 2014
The Venus Express probe wrapped up its "aerobraking" move and entered a new, higher orbit late last month. It will continue to study Venus for several more months and then, as its fuel runs out, dip back into the planet's atmosphere for good.
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Europe's Venus Express Spacecraft Survives Daring Atmospheric Dive
Venus Express Aerobraking
July 16th, 2014
The European spacecraft has completed a risky aerobreaking maneuver in Venus' atmosphere, allowing critical data of the planet's atmosphere to be taken.
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Jupiter & Venus Will Meet Up in the Morning Sky Monday
Jupiter and Venus, August 2014 Sky Map
August 15th, 2014
Get up early any morning this week to see a spectacular cosmic treat: two morning "stars" dancing at dawn.
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See the Moon, Mercury and Venus Before Sunrise Friday
Mercury and Venus, July 2014
July 24th, 2014
Mercury and Venus will star in an early morning meet-up with the moon Friday (July 24). Both planets can be seen low in the east-northeast roughly 45 minutes before sunrise.
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Did Huge Impact Shape Planet Mercury?
First high-resolution image of Mercury transmitted by the MESSENGER spacecraft (in false color, 11 narrow-band color filters).
July 6th, 2014
A colossal but glancing smashup with a roughly Earth-size planet could have stripped away much of proto-Mercury's rocky mantle, explaining why the tiny, sun-scorched world has such a huge iron core today, researchers say.
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Jupiter Bids Farewell to Evening Sky After Sunday Moon Meetup
Jupiter, June 2014
June 28th, 2014
Jupiter will end its brilliant year-long showing on Sunday evening (June 29) with a rendezvous with a young and slender crescent moon. Both objects will sit low on the horizon in the twilight sky.
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