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 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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Nearby Alien Planet May Be Capable of Supporting Life
Super-Earth Gliese 832 c Art
June 25th, 2014
Astronomers have discovered an exoplanet in the star Gliese 832's "habitable zone" — the just-right range of distances that could allow liquid water to exist on a world's surface. The planet, known as Gliese 832c, lies just 16 light-years from Earth.
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Robotic Search for Life on Mars Brings Out Human Experiences
Viking 2, 1976
June 4th, 2014
While robots have done the lion's share of planetary exploration to date, there are plenty of human stories to share about this ambitious enterprise, a panel of experts stressed during last month's Spacefest VI conference in California.
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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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Celestial Showstopper: The Only Venus Transits I'll Ever See (Op-Ed)
Venus Transit, June 2004
June 13th, 2014
Capturing Venus pass before the sun is a rare sight that, if you missed it, you may not live to see.
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