Latest Discoveries on Venus, Second Planet From the Sun
Venus, second planet from the sun, is the brightest planet in our solar system.
A waning crescent moon will glow alongside the brightest of all the planets.
The orbiter Atlantis holds the spacecraft in its payload bay.
The discovery comes from observations made by two Venus-observing probes over the course of three decades.
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.
Storms can exist on any planet with an atmosphere, even the sun.
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.
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.
The two brightest objects in the sky may be visible as you wait for your train or bus.
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.
Venus and the bright star Regulus are brilliant beacons in the pre-dawn sky.
Part of Venus' atmosphere may be cold enough to form carbon dioxide snow.
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.
The Pleiades star cluster stands highest in the sky appearing as a close group of bright blue dots.
Researchers may be able to use this information to learn more about comets' paths around the sun.
This September skywatchers can catch a glimpse of four planets (Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) as well as a visual trick in the constellation Capricornus that makes two stars look like one oddly enlongated star.
A number of night sky superlatives are overhead now.
The brightest planet and the largest star are just the start of the night's sky's extreme objects.