Latest News for 2012 Venus Transit of the Sun Archive
13 December 2010, 12:13 PM ET
Venus is so bright you can see it even in the daytime right now — if you know where to look.
08 December 2010, 04:23 PM ET
The Japanese Venus probe Akatsuki may have overshot the planet because of an impacting object, or an engine glitch.
08 December 2010, 12:53 AM ET
A Japanese Venus probe failed to enter into orbit around the hellishly hot planet yesterday (Dec. 6). The spacecraft may try again in seven years, when its orbit loops around close to Venus again, or it may be gone for good.
07 December 2010, 10:23 AM ET
Japan's Akatsuki space probe has arrived at Venus, but hit a snag while attempting to enter orbit around the planet.
06 December 2010, 02:21 PM ET
A Japanese spacecraft on its way to study the atmosphere of Venus is set to arrive at the planet today.
01 December 2010, 07:07 AM ET
This week Venus will be at its brightest on Saturday morning.
01 December 2010, 06:57 AM ET
Mysterious clouds discovered on Venus could serve as a cautionary tale for a proposed method of combating climate change here on Earth.
01 December 2010, 06:57 AM ET
Early-rising skywatchers may want to catch Thursday's triple sky show of Venus, the moon and a bright morning star.
26 November 2010, 08:50 AM ET
The surfaces of Mars, Venus and the Moon could be suitable for farming, study suggests.
10 November 2010, 10:13 AM ET
Venus and Saturn, two bright planetary gems of the sky, are now visible in the eastern predawn sky.
10 November 2010, 07:09 AM ET
Venus and Saturn, two bright planetary gems of the sky, are now visible in the eastern predawn sky.
01 November 2010, 04:29 PM ET
A spike in UFO reports this week may likely stem from the bright planet Venus, which is set to dazzle in early November.
07 October 2010, 07:47 PM ET
A spacecraft using a bold new method to study Venus — flying directly through the planet's atmosphere — has found that the atmosphere at Venus poles is thinner than expected.
06 October 2010, 08:24 AM ET
Venus is currently a prime observing target, but skywatchers should be careful while it appears close to the sun.
22 September 2010, 06:49 PM ET
Lightning on Venus and Earth may spark in much the same way despite vast differences in the atmospheres of the two planets, scientists say.
21 September 2010, 07:45 AM ET
It may seem downright bizarre, but a new model of Venus' super-hot atmosphere suggests its greenhouse gases may actually be cooling the planet's interior.
25 August 2010, 02:18 PM ET
Venus is shining bright this week and appears as a crescent as it makes way for a show from Jupiter.
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.