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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Venus Express to Flame Out in Blaze of Glory
Venus Express
December 17th, 2014
Already running on fumes as its fuel reserves dwindled, Venus Express' most recent attempts at maintaining its altitude fell short.
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Sun to Outshine Spectacular Cosmic Alignment Saturday
Conjunction of Nov. 22, 2014
November 21st, 2014
The morning sky will play host to a spectacular gathering of solar system objects grouped closely together tomorrow (Nov. 22), but it won't be easy for observers on Earth to see it.
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Brightest Planets to See in October's Night Sky
See Mercury at the Beginning of October 2014
October 2nd, 2014
Look up to see planets parading across the sky this month. A series of planets, big and small, will reveal themselves to skywatchers on Earth, if weather permits.
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European Venus Express Spacecraft May Be Out of Fuel
Artist's concept of Europe's Venus Express spacecraft, which has been studying Venus from orbit since 2006.
December 7th, 2014
On Nov. 28, mission controllers lost contact with the European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft, which has been circling Earth's hellishly hot "sister planet" for more than eight years. The probe may have run out of fuel, its handlers say.
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Sunday Skywatching: See Mars Meet Its Rival Antares
Mars and its "rival," the red star Antares, will dance together in the night sky on Sept. 28, 2014.
September 27th, 2014
For a couple of hours after nightfall Sunday (Sept. 28), Mars will be a fairly conspicuous light. The Red Planet will have a companion this evening; sitting below and to its left will shine the reddish 1st-magnitude star Antares.
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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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How to See the Brightest Planets in December's Night Sky
Venus is among a number of bright planets that skywatchers can see in December's night sky.
December 2nd, 2014
With luck, skywatchers can catch sight of the five brightest planets in the sky this month. Mercury, Mars, Venus, Saturn and Jupiter should all be on display.
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See Elusive Planet Mercury Before Dawn Saturday
Mercury Sky Map for Nov. 1, 2014
October 30th, 2014
This week is one of the rare opportunities when Mercury is relatively easy to spot. It will mean getting up before the sun, but once spotted, you will be able to follow Mercury until it is drowned out by daylight.
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