Latest News for 2012 Venus Transit of the Sun Archive
29 March 2011, 05:01 PM ET
A stark, gray landscape and big crater dominate the 1st photo of Mercury from orbit.
28 March 2011, 05:20 PM ET
NASA's Messenger probe will photograph previously unseen regions of Mercury's south pole.
21 March 2011, 05:05 PM ET
Does our magnetic field really shield Earth from the solar wind?
17 March 2011, 08:39 PM ET
NASA's Messenger spacecraft will study Mercury from orbit for the next 12 months.
17 March 2011, 10:00 AM ET
NASA's Messenger spacecraft will become the first probe ever to orbit the solar system's innermost planet.
16 March 2011, 04:57 PM ET
Here are 10 interesting features of the $446 million Messenger spacecraft and its mission to the planet Mercury.
16 March 2011, 08:00 AM ET
After more than six years of spaceflight, NASA's Messenger probe is almost ready to begin investigating some key questions about the planet Mercury.
15 March 2011, 05:41 PM ET
NASA's Messenger probe will become the first spacecraft ever to enter into orbit around the solar system's innermost planet.
14 March 2011, 11:15 AM ET
NASA's Messenger spacecraft arrives in orbit around Mercury on Thursday, March 17.
26 February 2011, 09:12 AM ET
Venus and the moon should give skywatchers a morning sky show on Monday.
28 January 2011, 04:41 PM ET
Early-bird skywatchers will get a pre-dawn treat of Venus near the moon this weekend.
26 January 2011, 06:40 PM ET
The moon, Saturn, Venus and several stars offer a pre-dawn sky show on Thursday, Jan. 27.
17 January 2011, 06:35 PM ET
A list of skywatching events in January 2011 that you don't want to miss.
05 January 2011, 09:38 AM ET
Early risers this week will be treated to a spectacular display: Mercury, Venus, and Saturn will appear just before sunrise.
30 December 2010, 02:26 PM ET
Venus and the moon will offer an early New Year's Eve spectacle for skywatchers rising before dawn on Dec. 31 to mark the end of 2010.
20 December 2010, 10:00 AM ET
How to best observe the major planets of our Solar System. Some have worlds of their own.
17 December 2010, 03:46 PM ET
A Japanese Venus probe's failure to enter into orbit around the searing-hot planet last week will likely cause the nation's space program to dial back its future ambitions, according to a mission scientist.
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.