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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See Venus and the Moon Shine Bright Tonight
Venus and Western Sky May 21
May 21st, 2015
On Thursday evening (May 21) as darkness falls, the two brightest objects of the night will be calling attention to themselves. The crescent moon will be accompanied by the brightest planet, the dazzling so-called "evening star": the planet Venus.
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'Venus Zone' Narrows Search for Habitable Exoplanets
 Nearby Earth-like planet
May 7th, 2015
While some scientists are focused on finding Earth's exoplanet twin, one group is looking for twins of Venus. Their findings may help the hunt for Earth-like planets.
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Moon and Jupiter Rendezvous This Weekend: How to See Them
Jupiter and the Galilean Moons, April 2015
April 24th, 2015
About 45 minutes after the sun sets on Saturday and Sunday, Jupiter and the moon will be visible in the southwest sky, roughly two-thirds of the way up from the horizon to the point directly overhead (called the zenith).
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Highlights of May's Night Sky: The Big Dipper, Moon and Venus
Big Dipper Over the Canary Islands
May 15th, 2015
The famous Big Dipper star pattern shines in May's night sky, as do the moon and a surprisingly nocturnal Venus.
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Full Moon Shines Over Lighthouse in Stunning View (Photo)
Moon and Belt of Venus Diesel
April 29th, 2015
Greg Diesel took this image of the moon over the Bodie Island Lighthouse in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
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Brilliant Venus and Moon Shine Together Tonight: How to See It
Venus and the Crescent Moon, April 2015
April 21st, 2015
This evening will be another one of those special occasions when the two brightest objects in the night sky — the moon and a Venus — will get together and, weather permitting, will attract a lot of attention.
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Bid Farewell to the Winter Night Sky
Sky Map for Winter Stars, April 2015
April 9th, 2015
We usually think of the equinox on or around March 21 as the end of winter and the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. But these week you can see the last vestiges of the bright stars of winter arrayed just above the horizon.
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Venus Plane Pushed for Next NASA Next Frontiers Mission
Venus Atmospheric Maneuverable Platform
May 12th, 2015
An inflatable drone could cruise the sulfurous skies of Venus next decade if Northrop Gruman can sell NASA on the mission.
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Milky Way Majesty in Maine Captivates Night Sky Photographer (Photo)
Nubble Lighthouse and Milky Way by Evans
April 29th, 2015
This seven-image panorama shows the Milky Way above Cape Neddick Light Station in York, Maine. Astrophotographer A. Garrett Evans took this image on March 25 around just before the start of astronomical sunrise.
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Incredible Technology: NASA's Wild Airship Idea for Cloud Cities on Venus
Venus Cloud City
April 20th, 2015
NASA researchers have come up with a plan to send piloted, helium-filled airships cruising through Venusian skies. The idea, called the High Altitude Venus Operational Concept (HAVOC), could eventually lead to cloud cities on the planet.
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