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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First Flybys: From Mercury to Pluto, a History of Solar System Surveys
New Horizons at Pluto (Artist's Concept)
July 13th, 2015
The New Horizons probe's flyby of Pluto on Tuesday (July 14) will wrap up the initial reconnaissance of the solar system, an endeavor that began more than 50 years ago.
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Venus and Jupiter Put on Cosmic Show for Ramadan
Venus and Jupiter Encounter at Rasulullah Mosque
July 5th, 2015
A set of sublime images from reader Saheed Jafari show Venus and Jupiter providing cosmic decorations during the month of Ramadan.
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Venus' Volcanoes Are Likely Still Active
Artist’s Concept of a Volcano on Venus
June 24th, 2015
Venus' volcanoes are likely still spewing out lava, a new study suggests.The European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft observed temperatures spiking by several hundred degrees Fahrenheit in some spots on the planet's surface.
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How to See Venus, Saturn, Jupiter & Mercury in July's Night Sky
Saturn in July 2015
July 1st, 2015
July offers opportunities to see Venus, Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury overhead. Here's how, and when, to spot them.
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Venus Shining at Its Best in the Night Sky
On Saturday, June 6, Venus reaches its greatest angular distance from the sun, and appears like a tiny first quarter moon in a telescope.
June 6th, 2015
If you've been watching the sky in the early evening lately, you can't have missed seeing the planet Venus in the west and now this planet is putting on brilliant show in the night sky.
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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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See Venus at Its Most Brilliant Tonight
Brilliant Venus, July 10, 2015
July 10th, 2015
Venus is putting on a show for skywatchers throughout July. Tonight (July 10), Earth's "sister planet" will be at its most luminous, blazing brightly in the western sky.
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Venus and Jupiter Put on a Celestial Show This Month
Venus and Jupiter in July 1 Night Sky
July 1st, 2015
If you've been watching the western sky just after sunset lately, you will have noticed two bright objects, gradually drawing closer. These are the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, and they're putting on a show this month.
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Venus, Jupiter and Saturn (Oh, My!) The Brightest Planets of June
Venus, June 6, 2015
June 5th, 2015
With the northern summer just a few weeks away, the month of June is bringing a delight of planets in the night sky for stargazers to enjoy, but only if weather permits and you know when and where to look.
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