Latest News for 2012 Venus Transit of the Sun Archive
28 June 2014, 07:05 AM ET
Jupiter will end its brilliant year-long showing on Sunday evening (June 29) with a rendezvous with a young and slender crescent moon. Both objects will sit low on the horizon in the twilight sky.
25 June 2014, 04:48 PM ET
Astronomers have discovered an exoplanet in the star Gliese 832's "habitable zone" — the just-right range of distances that could allow liquid water to exist on a world's surface. The planet, known as Gliese 832c, lies just 16 light-years from Earth.
13 June 2014, 08:38 PM ET
Capturing Venus pass before the sun is a rare sight that, if you missed it, you may not live to see.
11 June 2014, 12:53 PM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has photographed Mercury crossing the face of the sun, marking the first time such a planetary "transit" has ever been imaged from the surface of a planet other than Earth.
04 June 2014, 06:01 AM ET
While robots have done the lion's share of planetary exploration to date, there are plenty of human stories to share about this ambitious enterprise, a panel of experts stressed during last month's Spacefest VI conference in California.
31 May 2014, 07:30 AM ET
This Sunday night (June 1), the Fox TV series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" will send viewers to Earth's neighbor to learn about the greenhouse effect.
30 May 2014, 11:04 AM ET
Your best views of Jupiter will come in early June. Venus will be just over the horizon right before sunrise.
23 May 2014, 03:28 PM ET
Looking low toward the east beginning at around 4:30 a.m. local daylight time, you'll see a narrow waning crescent moon, just 12 percent illuminated. Situated about 2 degrees below and to its left will be the brilliant planet Venus.
16 May 2014, 04:29 PM ET
The Venus Express probe is running low on fuel. So mission officials wrapped up routine science operations this week to begin preparing the spacecraft for a deep dive into the planet's fast-swirling air.
09 May 2014, 04:06 PM ET
Now is a great time for skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere to view Mercury in the evening sky. This window will remain open through the end of May, giving you plenty of chances to see this so-called "elusive planet" with your own eyes.
03 May 2014, 01:59 PM ET
Stargazers have a chance to see the five brightest planets in the May night sky, weather permitting. Here's how to see Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury
01 May 2014, 02:05 PM ET
Models show that Mars should be about as big as Earth if gas and dust were distributed smoothly throughout the protoplanetary disk that surrounded the newborn sun 4.5 billion years ago. But Mars is just 10 percent as massive as our world.
24 April 2014, 02:54 PM ET
If your skies are clear before dawn on Friday and Saturday (April 25 and 26), check out the sky low to the east-southeast horizon about 60 to 90 minutes before sunrise for a view of the two brightest objects in the nighttime sky: the moon and Venus.
07 April 2014, 05:27 PM ET
Planets abound in the night sky this month, which affords good views of Venus, Jupiter and Neptune. And on Tuesday (April 8), Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in more than six years.
02 April 2014, 01:01 PM ET
After gazing up at the moon for thousands of years, we're still not exactly sure how it came to be. Here's a brief rundown of the most prominent theories scientists have come up with to explain the moon's origin.
01 April 2014, 02:50 AM ET
The story behind a well-known image of the 1987 occultation of Venus by the moon.
31 March 2014, 02:48 PM ET
Red Mars' close encounter with Earth, a 'red moon' total lunar eclipse (visible from North America) and the Lyrid meteor shower will highlight the month of April 2014. Also, the mornings and evenings will showcase Jupiter, Saturn and Venus.
26 March 2014, 10:21 AM ET
Shimmering rainbow colors were captured on camera above Venus, marking the first time a so-called "glory" was pictured on another planet besides Earth. The phenomenon also pointed to a mystery in the hothouse planet's atmosphere.
19 March 2014, 01:49 PM ET
Avid astrophotographer Mike Taylor captured this amazing image of the Milky Way galaxy, planet Venus and dazzling meteor on March 4, 2014. See how he did it.
11 March 2014, 08:40 AM ET
Bright Venus rises and the Milky Way dazzles over the light-polluted skies above Singapore in this rare image recently sent to Space.com. See how the photographer did it.
03 March 2014, 02:36 PM ET
The bright stars and star clusters of the constellation Gemini are on display along with post sunset sightings of Jupiter and Mars. Saturn and Venus make early morning appearances.
03 March 2014, 11:46 AM ET
Justin Ng (justinngphoto.com) contrast-stretched digital images to reveal the Milky Way above Singapore along with a rising Venus. The city’s many uncontrolled lights and hazy skies usually conspire to hide the cosmos.
03 March 2014, 07:01 AM ET
For the past year, engineers have been working on a concept vehicle called the Venus Atmospheric Maneuverable Platform, which could stay aloft for long periods, collecting a variety of data about Venus and its atmosphere.
25 February 2014, 11:34 AM ET
Venus has returned to the early morning sky, establishing itself as a dazzling morning lantern. The planet is emerging into view from beyond the east-southeast horizon soon after 4:00 a.m. local standard time.
12 February 2014, 01:50 PM ET
Venus will perform a balancing act this week. Normally Venus, like most objects in space, gets fainter as it gets farther away from Earth. However, as Venus moves around the sun, it is lit from different angles, and this also affects its brightness.
08 February 2014, 10:13 AM ET
Skywatchers have a lot to look up for in February 2014. Weather permitting, diligent observers should be able to spot a plethora of planets, comets and stars in the night sky this month.
06 February 2014, 09:27 AM ET
The planets location in the nightsky are pinpointed (you'll need binoculars or a telescope to spot Uranus and Neptune). Also, Comet's Lovejoy, Siding Spring and Linear can be viewed.
28 January 2014, 06:24 PM ET
Night sky photographer Chris Schur captured two rare shots of Venus and Mercury in the daytime sky from Payson, Ariz., in January 2014. See how he did it here.
27 January 2014, 12:43 PM ET
Photographer Justin Ng captured the glow of inner solar system dust scattering sunlight over 3 Indonesian volcanoes, the active Semeru and Bromo plus the dormant Batok. Planets Venus, Saturn and Mercury lie within this field of view.
02 January 2014, 01:31 PM ET
Step outside this evening about 30 minutes after sunset and look low toward the southwest horizon. You’ll be able to see the final evening pairing of the two brightest objects in the night sky for nearly a year.
31 December 2013, 09:27 AM ET
A crescent Venus, Jupiter at opposition, Taurus constellation and its Red-Giant 'eye' and the Quadrantid meteor shower makes for quite a skywatching show. In the market for a telescope? - Click the blue 'SHOP' link above.
31 December 2013, 09:06 AM ET
The Gas Giant is 83 Million miles away on average. In January it will be 391 million miles away when its reaches opposition. Venus is the only object that will be brighter than Jupiter. Need a telescope? - Click the blue 'SHOP' link above.
23 December 2013, 07:17 AM ET
As 2013 draws to a close, it's time to look forward to the stargazing highlights of the coming year. Here are 11 of the most noteworthy sky events that will take place in 2014. SPACE.com will provide more coverage of these events as they draw closer.
05 December 2013, 04:33 PM ET
Venus is shining at its brightest in the low southwestern night sky just after sunset, making it a fine time for stargazers to observe the brilliant planet, weather permitting. Here is how to see Venus with the unaided eye, telescopes or binoculars.
04 December 2013, 05:31 PM ET
Venus is now the showiest it will be for all of 2013 and 2014 in either the evening or the morning sky. The planet is so bright that you can spot it in a clear blue sky before sunset, if your eye lands on the right point in the south-southwest.
04 December 2013, 01:01 PM ET
Scientists think the moon coalesced out of material blasted into space when a large object slammed into the proto-Earth in the solar system's early days. Determining the composition of Venus could help explain how this mega-collision went down.