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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'Venus Zone' Could Aid Search for Earth-Like Alien Worlds
Earth and Venus Comparison
September 11th, 2014
A team of researchers has delineated the "Venus Zone," the range of distances from a host star where planets are likely to resemble Earth's similarly sized sister planet, which has been rendered unlivably hot due to a runaway greenhouse effect.
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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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Venus and Bright Star Shine Together Early Saturday
Venus and the bright star Regulus will shine bright near each other about one hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 6.
September 5th, 2014
Early-bird stargazers with clear weather on Saturday (Sept. 6) we will be treated to a striking celestial sight when the most brilliant planet in the night sky passes close to one of the brightest stars in the sky.
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