We Got Our First Close-up Look at Venus 40 Years Ago Today

Venus' perpetually overcast skies had long obscured our view of the planet, making it appear nearly featureless when viewed in the visible light spectrum. But when viewed through Mariner 10's ultraviolet-filtered camera lens, the second planet from the Sun can be seen in unprecedented detail. See what Venus looks like… » 2/05/14 12:15pm 2/05/14 12:15pm

Venus, Please Be More Of A Badass In This Photo

This looks like your brain on drugs, but it's actually a rare solar eclipse from last June in which Venus moved between the Sun and the Earth the way the Moon usually does. Venus looked like a thinner and thinner crescent until it was perfectly aligned with the Sun, creating a Venusian annular eclipse with a ring of… » 8/25/13 7:12pm 8/25/13 7:12pm

Okay, Yeah The Surface Of Venus Looks Really Hot

It's kind of hard to scope things out on Venus because the surface probes we send get obliterated pretty quickly by the heat. Pictures of Venus' surface do exist, though, and this one shows "large circular domes" that look pretty darn hot. The domes are thought to be magma erupting through vents, in a process that… » 6/23/13 1:18pm 6/23/13 1:18pm

How and When to Watch the Venus Transit Today

Unless someone discovers the fountain of youth in the next few decades, almost everyone alive right now won't see another Venus transit after today's. That's why everyone is watching it, from astronaut Don Pettit at the International Space Station's cupola to every telescope on Earth to a navy of space vessels in… » 6/05/12 12:40pm 6/05/12 12:40pm

This Proton Torpedo Is Venus On Its Current Sun's Interception Course

The transit of Venus over the Sun is tomorrow and it has already appeared in NASA's SOHO wider field coronagraph's field of view. It's the proton torpedo heading into the Sun. The one getting away was fired from a cloaked Klingon ship. Or perhaps it's Mercury. » 6/04/12 12:16pm 6/04/12 12:16pm