Latest News for 2012 Venus Transit of the Sun Archive
24 August 2010, 06:22 PM ET
This week, Jupiter and the nearly full moon make great skywatching targets.
06 August 2010, 03:45 PM ET
This weekend marks the peak of a beautiful alignment of the planets Venus, Mars and Saturn in the evening sky. This impressive gathering comes ahead of the annual Perseid meteor shower, a shooting star fest that will be at its best Aug. 11 to 13.
04 August 2010, 06:27 AM ET
A spectacular gathering of three of the brightest planets will be the chief celestial attraction in the evening sky during the next couple of weeks.
30 July 2010, 05:10 AM ET
This NASA animation envisions the robotic exploration of Venus from air, ground and orbit to uncover the secrets of the second planet from the sun.
28 July 2010, 10:00 AM ET
A trio of planets converging in the night sky this week to give casual skywatchers the perfect chance to see Mars, Venus and Saturn.
14 July 2010, 08:04 AM ET
The crescent moon will appear near each of the skies the brightest planets, Venus, Mars, and Saturn, this week.
24 June 2010, 11:39 AM ET
Venus may once have had oceans and could have been a friendly place for life, a new study suggests.
18 June 2010, 06:51 AM ET
The world's first solar sail, the unmanned Ikaros spacecraft built by Japan, shines in new photos taken by a tiny space camera during a deep space photo session.
11 June 2010, 02:59 PM ET
Japan's new solar sail has fully deployed and begun generating power through its embedded solar cells.
11 June 2010, 09:20 AM ET
Now is the best time to observe the brightest planet in the sky, Venus. Look for this brightest planet in the night sky just after sunset — and up until midnight in some parts!
02 June 2010, 08:54 AM ET
Saturn, Mars, and Venus are all in the evening sky, and are closing in on each other.
20 May 2010, 06:03 PM ET
Japan's launch of a Venus weather satellite and solar sail on May 20th aims for both scientific and technological breakthroughs.
19 May 2010, 10:48 AM ET
A brilliant star cluster will make an appearance with Venus this week, making it a rewarding celestial target for skywatchers equipped with small telescopes.
18 May 2010, 03:21 PM ET
Striking new photos from a skywatcher in Hong Kong show the Earth's moon appear to swallow Venus during a weekend cosmic event.
18 May 2010, 11:52 AM ET
The Japanese attempt to launch a powerful orbiter to Venus is now targeted for Thursday.
17 May 2010, 01:47 AM ET
A new Japanese space probe launching Monday (Eastern Time) is aimed at unlocking the enduring mysteries of Venus and testing a solar sail.
16 May 2010, 07:00 AM ET
A Japanese mission to Venus will include a test of the first interplanetary solar sail ever launched.
15 May 2010, 07:34 AM ET
Japan will launch a double-packed mission to Venus on May 18th which includes a weather probe and the first interplanetary solar sail.
14 May 2010, 04:09 PM ET
A rare sky show is coming this weekend with the shuttle Atlantis, International Space Station, Venus and the moon appearing together in a two-day celestial dance.
13 May 2010, 08:15 AM ET
New robot blimps or balloons could for thousands of kilometers to explore other planets and moons from a bird's eye view.
13 May 2010, 07:59 AM ET
A Japanese rocket will launch an interplanetary weather satellite bound for Venus and a solar sail device to test new propulsion techniques.
12 May 2010, 01:58 PM ET
The moon and Venus frame the open cluster Messier 35 in Gemini on Sunday night, May 16.
14 April 2010, 08:29 AM ET
On Thursday April 15, the evening starts with a triple conjunction of the moon, Mercury, and Venus, then continues with Mars visiting the Beehive.
02 April 2010, 03:15 PM ET
An Italian astronomer caught the rare sight of Venus and Mercury together over Rome in the night sky in a new photo.
26 March 2010, 07:25 AM ET
For the next couple of weeks, brilliant Venus and the elusive planet, Mercury, perform a sort of celestial dance for two in the western twilight sky.
19 March 2010, 11:38 AM ET
Saturn arrives at opposition to the sun on the American evening of Sunday, March 21, making for great viewing.
26 February 2010, 08:22 AM ET
Since last summer, the dominant evening planet was Jupiter, but now Venus has emerged.
24 February 2010, 08:59 AM ET
A full moon flooding the sky with light is an opportunity to identify the ecliptic, the path of the planets.
10 February 2010, 11:15 AM ET
Jupiter is dropping rapidly in the western twilight sky, but will be replaced this week by Venus.
09 February 2010, 05:35 AM ET
Venus is a virtual twin of Earth in size, mass and basic composition. So why is its surface a hellish high-temperature desert? Turns out the Sun may have dealt this planet a death blow.
03 January 2010, 09:09 AM ET
Noteworthy sky events that will take place in 2010.
31 December 2009, 12:30 PM ET
NASA has narrowed the choices for its next unmanned space mission down to three candidates: including Venus, an asteroid and the moon.
02 December 2009, 10:35 AM ET
Take a last look at Venus as it disappears behind the sun for a few months.
01 December 2009, 12:38 PM ET
Super Earths are named for their size, but these planets – which range from about 2 to 10 Earth masses – could be superior to the Earth when it comes to sustaining life. They could also provide an answer to the ‘Fermi Paradox’: Why haven’t we been visite
30 October 2009, 09:35 AM ET
Venus has been billed as Earth's twin, but a new Japanese mission will find out why the two planets remain so very different.
30 October 2009, 09:34 AM ET
Venus has been billed as Earth's twin, but a new Japanese mission will find out why the two planets remain so very different.