Latest News for 2012 Venus Transit of the Sun Archive
10 May 2013, 02:54 PM ET
The "evening star" had been hidden by the sun's glare for months.
29 March 2013, 12:35 PM ET
The comet ISON is making what astronomers believe is its first trip through the inner solar system, taking a sweltering pass by the sun (making ISON a 'sungrazing' comet) and then back past Earth in December.
25 March 2013, 12:55 PM ET
Scientists are unsure why Venus' vortex evolves as it does.
19 March 2013, 07:00 AM ET
A look at the robotic spacecraft currently sending data home from beyond Earth orbit.
14 March 2013, 09:43 AM ET
The seven-year journey to Saturn begins.
04 March 2013, 02:27 PM ET
The Cassini probe's new photos show Venus gleaming over Saturn's massive shoulder.
20 February 2013, 04:00 PM ET
Veteran astrophotographer Ajay Talwar snapped the spectacular image of the crescent moon and Venus over the Ganges River in India.
28 January 2013, 04:17 PM ET
The European Space Agency will send its Mars Express spacecraft within 36 miles of the tiny moon.
11 January 2013, 10:00 AM ET
Venus and a crescent moon provided a dazzling sight for stargazers Thursday (Jan. 10).
10 January 2013, 10:50 AM ET
Scientists have discovered strange magnetic ropes hundreds of miles long above the poles of Venus.
10 January 2013, 09:39 AM ET
See photos of planet Venus taken by the European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft.
03 January 2013, 06:00 AM ET
A brief rundown of the intrepid spacecraft currently sending data home from beyond Earth orbit.
27 December 2012, 11:10 PM ET
This cool space wallpaper from the APEX telescope, of part of the Taurus Molecular Cloud, shows a sinuous filament of cosmic dust more than ten light-years long.
21 December 2012, 07:00 AM ET
What to look for in the night sky this holiday season.
18 December 2012, 02:16 PM ET
A night sky photographer shot this spectacular image of Venus and a crescent moon.
18 December 2012, 07:00 AM ET
The Akatsuki spacecraft may be able to bounce back from a 2010 orbit-insertion failure.
14 December 2012, 01:26 PM ET
NASA's Mariner 2 probe flew within 21,500 miles of Venus on Dec. 14, 1962.
13 December 2012, 11:51 AM ET
In 1962, America became the first country to explore another planet but technical issues threatened the mission from the outset. Surviving the harrowing journey, Mariner 2 probed the hellish world, passing within 20,000 miles.
10 December 2012, 03:03 PM ET
A waning crescent moon will glow alongside the brightest of all the planets.
04 December 2012, 09:25 AM ET
The orbiter Atlantis holds the spacecraft in its payload bay.
10 November 2012, 07:00 AM ET
Stargazers have to rise before sunrise to see the celestial triangle by Venus, the moon and Spica.
07 November 2012, 06:55 AM ET
The moon, the planet Venus and the bright star Spica will be on view.
01 November 2012, 05:10 PM ET
The discovery comes from observations made by two Venus-observing probes over the course of three decades.
01 November 2012, 10:07 AM ET
This month will see Saturn and Venus come very close to one another in the night sky, the mid-month peak of the Leonid meteor shower, solar eclipse in Australia and more.
01 November 2012, 07:00 AM ET
Titan's glow works a little like a neon sign.
28 October 2012, 01:10 AM ET
Storms can exist on any planet with an atmosphere, even the sun.
26 October 2012, 05:00 PM ET
The rocky, metallic worlds of the inner solar system look quite different from those of the outer solar system, one theory supposes they formed in much the same way. However, a competing theory suggests they may have formed from different components.
11 October 2012, 04:47 PM ET
Although Venus and Earth are nearly twins in size and mass, a pressure cooker atmosphere makes Venus extremely inhospitable. Sulfuric acid clouds swirl about a volcanic surface more than 900° F.
10 October 2012, 11:19 AM ET
The two brightest objects in the sky may be visible as you wait for your train or bus.
09 October 2012, 12:04 PM ET
False-colour image of cloud features seen on Venus by the Venus Monitoring Camera (VMC) on Venus Express is seen in this cool space wallpaper.
05 October 2012, 11:15 AM ET
The 15 countries that make up the ESO help the astronomical organization's mission of scientific inquiry and public outreach in different ways. For example, the VLT uses a German-crafted mirror, polished in France, and assembled in Chile by Italy.
01 October 2012, 05:46 PM ET
Venus and the bright star Regulus are brilliant beacons in the pre-dawn sky.
01 October 2012, 03:55 PM ET
Part of Venus' atmosphere may be cold enough to form carbon dioxide snow.
01 October 2012, 02:00 PM ET
The closest spiral galaxy to our own; a brilliant 'morning star' in the eastern sky; and bits of Comet Halley's tail highlight an eventful month for star gazers.
28 September 2012, 10:16 AM ET
In this superimposed view: Upper Venus = Canberra, Australia and Lower Venus = Svalbard ( Arctic) the planet appears on two different paths. June 5, 2012 was the last time Venus will cross the face of the Sun (as seen from Earth) in our lifetimes.
19 September 2012, 05:38 PM ET
The Pleiades star cluster stands highest in the sky appearing as a close group of bright blue dots.