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  • Giant pattern discovered in the clouds of planet Venus
    on January 10, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Astronomers have identified a giant streak structure among the clouds covering planet Venus based on observation from the spacecraft Akatsuki. The team also revealed the origins of this structure using large-scale climate simulations. […]

  • Is there life adrift in the clouds of Venus?
    on March 30, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    In the search for extraterrestrial life, scientists have turned over all sorts of rocks. Mars, for example, has geological features that suggest it once had -- and still has -- subsurface liquid water. Scientists have also eyed Saturn's moons as well as Jupiter's as possible havens for life in the oceans under their icy crusts. Now, however, scientists are dusting off an old idea that promises a new vista in the hunt for life beyond Earth: the clouds of Venus. […]

  • Equatorial jet in Venusian atmosphere
    on September 1, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Observations by Japan's Venus climate orbiter Akatsuki have revealed an equatorial jet in the lower to middle cloud layer of the planet's atmosphere, a finding that could be pivotal to unraveling a phenomenon called superrotation. […]

  • Venus's turbulent atmosphere
    on July 25, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Astronomers shed light on the so far unexplored nightside circulation at the upper cloud level of Venus. Researchers have discovered unexpected patterns of slow motion and abundant stationary waves in Venus's nighttime sky. […]

  • Astronomer searches for signs of life on Wolf 1061 exoplanet
    on January 19, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Astronomers have located the habitable zone, the region where water could exist on the surface of a planet, on the Wolf 1061, a planetary system that's 14 light years away. […]

  • Recently active lava flows on the eastern flank of Idunn Mons on Venus
    on October 18, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    The European Space Agency's Venus Express mission has provided a great amount of data from the surface and atmosphere of Earth's inner twin planet. Among these observations was the mapping of the southern hemisphere of Venus in the near infrared spectral range. However the thick and permanent cloud cover of Venus limits the achievable resolution, similar to observing a scene through fog. Using a numerical model, planetary researchers pushed the limits of the data resolution. […]

  • Venus-like exoplanet might have oxygen atmosphere, but not life
    on August 18, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    The distant planet GJ 1132b intrigued astronomers when it was discovered last year. Located just 39 light-years from Earth, it might have an atmosphere despite being baked to a temperature of around 450 degrees Fahrenheit. But would that atmosphere be thick and soupy or thin and wispy? New research suggests the latter is much more likely. […]

  • An ancient Mayan Copernicus
    on August 16, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Ancient hieroglyphic texts reveal Mayans made major discovery in math and astronomy, a researcher suggests. This study blends the study of Mayan hieroglyphics (epigraphy), archaeology and astronomy to present a new interpretation of the Venus Table, which tracks the observable phases of the second planet from the Sun. […]

  • Venus may have been habitable, NASA climate modeling suggests
    on August 11, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Venus may have had a shallow liquid-water ocean and habitable surface temperatures for up to two billion years of its early history, according to NASA computer modeling of the planet's ancient climate. […]

  • Most volcanic activity on Mercury stopped about 3.5 billion years ago
    on August 5, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    New research finds that major volcanic activity on the planet Mercury most likely ended about 3.5 billion years ago. These findings add insight into the geological evolution of Mercury in particular, and what happens when rocky planets cool and contract in general. […]

  • Chaotic orbit of Comet Halley explained
    on June 30, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Astronomers have found an explanation for the chaotic behavior of the orbit of Halley's Comet. […]

  • Strong 'electric wind' strips planets of oceans and atmospheres
    on June 20, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Venus has an 'electric wind' strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, which may have played a significant role in stripping the planet of its oceans. […]

  • The aliens are silent because they're dead
    on January 21, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    The universe is probably filled with habitable planets, so many scientists think it should be teeming with aliens. But life on other planets would likely be brief and become extinct very quickly, say astrobiologists. In research aiming to understand how life might develop, the scientists realized new life would commonly die out due to runaway heating or cooling on their fledgling planets. […]

  • Why we live on Earth and not Venus
    on July 21, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Compared to its celestial neighbors Venus and Mars, Earth is a pretty habitable place. So how did we get so lucky? A new study sheds light on the improbable evolutionary path that enabled Earth to sustain life. […]

  • Atmosphere of Venus studied through rare transit images
    on July 9, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Two of NASA's heliophysics missions can now claim planetary science on their list of scientific findings. A group of scientists used the Venus transit -- a very rare event where a planet passes between Earth and the sun, appearing to us as a dark dot steadily making its way across the sun's bright face -- to make measurements of how the Venusian atmosphere absorbs different kinds of light. […]

  • Eyeing up Earth-like planets
    on July 8, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Almost 2000 exoplanets have been discovered to date, ranging from rocky Earth-like planets to hot-Jupiters, and orbiting every type of star. But how many of these distant worlds are habitable? Today’s technology means that we currently have very little information about what exoplanets are like beyond their presence, size and distance from star. With the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope we may have our first glimpses into atmospheres of Earth-like exoplanets. […]

  • Active volcanism on Venus
    on June 18, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Researchers combing through the data from the Venus Express mission have found new evidence of active lava flows on Earth's nearest neighbor. […]

  • Can sound help us detect 'earthquakes' on Venus?
    on April 23, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Detecting an 'earthquake' on Venus would seem to be an impossible task. But conditions in Venus' atmosphere are much more hospitable, and it is here that researchers hope to deploy an array of balloons or satellites that could detect Venusian seismic activity -- using sound. […]

  • Small solar eruptions can have profound effects on unprotected planets
    on April 9, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    While no one yet knows what's needed to build a habitable planet, it's clear that the interplay between the sun and Earth is crucial for making our planet livable -- a balance between a sun that provides energy and a planet that can protect itself from the harshest solar emissions. […]

  • Unexplained warm layer discovered in Venus' atmosphere
    on March 25, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Scientists have found a warm layer in Venus' atmosphere, the nature of which is still unknown. The researchers made the discovery when compiling a temperature map of the upper atmosphere on the planet's night side based on the data collected by the Venus Express probe. […]

  • Venus, if you will, as seen in radar with the Green Bank Telescope
    on March 9, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Recently, by combining the highly sensitive receiving capabilities of the National Science Foundation's Green Bank Telescope and the powerful radar transmitter at the NSF's Arecibo Observatory, astronomers were able to make remarkably detailed images of the surface of Venus without ever leaving Earth. […]

  • Heavy metal frost? A new look at a Venusian mystery
    on October 20, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Venus is hiding something beneath its brilliant shroud of clouds: a first order mystery about the planet that researchers may be a little closer to solving because of a new re-analysis of twenty-year-old spacecraft data. Venus's surface can't be seen from orbit in visible light because of the planet's hot, dense, cloudy atmosphere. Instead, radar has been used by spacecraft to penetrate the clouds and map out the surface – both by reflecting radar off the surface to measure elevation and by looking at the radio emissions of the hot surface. The last spacecraft to map Venus in this way was Magellan, two decades ago. […]

  • Rediscovering Venus to find faraway Earths: Measuring gravitational pull of a planet should speed...
    on October 14, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    As the search for Earth-like planets wages on, a team of researchers may have found a way to speed up the process. The team is developing a new laser-based technology known as the green astro-comb to obtain information about the mass of a distant planet. Using this information, astronomers will be able to determine whether distant exoplanets are rocky worlds like Earth or less dense gas giants like Jupiter. […]

  • Unraveling mysteries of the Venusian atmosphere
    on September 11, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Underscoring the vast differences between Earth and its neighbor Venus, new research shows a glimpse of giant holes in the electrically charged layer of the Venusian atmosphere, called the ionosphere. The observations point to a more complicated magnetic environment than previously thought -- which in turn helps us better understand this neighboring, rocky planet. […]

  • Astronomers pinpoint 'Venus Zone' around stars
    on September 11, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Astronomers have defined the 'Venus Zone,' the area around a star in which a planet is likely to exhibit the unlivable conditions found on the planet Venus. The research will aid Kepler astronomers searching for exoplanets, helping them determine which are likely to be similar to Earth and which are more likely to resemble Venus. […]

  • Mercury passes in front of the sun, as seen from Mars
    on June 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has imaged the planet Mercury passing in front of the sun, visible as a faint darkening that moves across the face of the sun. […]

  • Planet-sized space weather explosions at Venus
    on February 21, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Researchers recently discovered that a common space weather phenomenon on the outskirts of Earth's magnetic bubble, the magnetosphere, has much larger repercussions for Venus. The giant explosions, called hot flow anomalies, can be so large at Venus that they're bigger than the entire planet and they can happen multiple times a day. […]

  • Sounding rocket to peek at atmosphere of Venus
    on November 25, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    A week after launching a new orbiter to investigate the upper atmosphere of Mars, NASA is sending a sounding rocket to probe the atmosphere of Venus. […]

  • Venus vortices go for chaotic multi-storey strolls around the poles
    on March 24, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    A detailed study of Venus' South Polar Vortex shows a much more chaotic and unpredictable cyclone than previously thought. The analysis reveals that the center of rotation of the vortex wanders around the pole differently at different altitude levels in the clouds of Venus. In its stroll around the Pole, in layers separated by 20 km, the vortex experiences unpredictable changes in its morphology. […]

  • Cassini spies bright Venus from Saturn orbit
    on March 4, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    A distant world gleaming in sunlight, Earth's twin planet, Venus, shines like a bright beacon in images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in orbit around Saturn. […]