Latest News for 2012 Venus Transit of the Sun Archive
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.
19 October 2009, 08:13 AM ET
Venus, Saturn and the Moon rising together just before sunrise at Bretagne, France.
29 September 2009, 01:24 PM ET
Night Sky column for September 25.
28 September 2009, 08:55 AM ET
Water is all over the solar system and the rest of the galaxy. What's it mean to the search for life?
12 August 2009, 08:41 AM ET
This week, the moon pays spectacular visits to Venus and the Pleiades.
30 July 2009, 05:14 PM ET
Bright spot appears in Venus' clouds; cause unknown.
14 July 2009, 07:22 AM ET
New Venus Express map shows possible signature of granite, could indicate past oceans, plate tectonics.
11 July 2009, 11:29 AM ET
The two planets are prominent in the predawn sky these July mornings.
17 June 2009, 08:39 PM ET
Before dawn June 19, watch the moon approach Venus and Mars; later in the day, spot Venus in full daylight.
15 May 2009, 01:07 PM ET
Brilliant Venus is close to reddish Mars.
17 April 2009, 09:06 AM ET
In the early morning, the thin waning crescent Moon will cover up Venus for most of North America.
13 March 2009, 01:58 PM ET
The planet Venus is now moving steadily lower with each passing night.
06 March 2009, 01:47 PM ET
The planet Venus is now moving steadily lower with each passing night.
04 March 2009, 08:53 AM ET
Glorious Venus became a gossamer crescent as it transitions from 'evening star' to 'morning star' on the day of closest approach to Earth. This 'inferior conjunction' takes place every 8 years.
26 February 2009, 04:14 PM ET
It has been a superb winter for viewing the queen of the planets, Venus.
13 February 2009, 11:14 AM ET
This month you'll have an opportunity to see all five naked-eye planets.
05 January 2009, 08:06 AM ET
New Venus Express data reveals evidence for the loss of water from the planet's day side.
16 December 2008, 10:32 AM ET
Venus crossed directly between the Earth and Sun on June 8th, 2004, an occurrence last viewed in the 19th century. Next viewing will occur on June 5th, 2012 and then on to the 22nd century (2117).
03 December 2008, 01:00 PM ET
Venus' clouds give up some of their secrets.