This Is How Venus Would Look Without Its Thick Layer of Clouds 

We've never seen our closest planetary neighbour like this. The image above is a projection of the radar data of the surface of Venus, created by the astronomers of National Science Foundation's Green Bank Telescope and Arecibo Observatory. » 3/10/15 8:30am 3/10/15 8:30am

NASA: Let's Explore Venus in Solar Zeppelins and Build Cloud City There

There's a lot we can learn about Earth's atmosphere from studying Venus, however, it's Venus' crushingly thick air—precisely what we want to study—that is preventing us from sending manned missions there. But this radical zeppelin could finally help us unlock the secrets of our celestial neighbor. » 12/19/14 11:40am 12/19/14 11:40am

Venus By Day and Night in a Single Image

This is Venus as you've never seen it before: on the left, the planet during the day captured in visible light, and on the right, the night side, captured using infrared light, both at the same time. » 5/20/14 5:45am 5/20/14 5:45am

This Beautiful Blur of Color Is a Space Rainbow Over Venus

This isn't some sort of alien test card beamed from Venus, but a rainbow-like optical phenomenon known as a glory in the atmosphere of our nearest planetary neighbour. » 3/11/14 7:30am 3/11/14 7:30am

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

These Cloud Waves Over Venus Are Caused By Its Unseen Mountains

How do we know that there are mountains on Venus? It is completely blanketed by high-level clouds and, at visible wavelengths, we cannot see its surface at all. Here is indirect proof for their existence. » 1/13/14 9:21am 1/13/14 9:21am

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

India Thought Jupiter and Venus Were Actually Chinese Spy Drones

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a Chinese spy drone! Oh, and there's another one! That's what the Indian Army must've thought when they saw two specks of something "spying on them" in the sky. Instead, what India thought were Chinese spy drones turned out to be... Jupiter and Venus. » 7/27/13 1:00am 7/27/13 1:00am

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

Can You Find Venus Hiding Inside Saturn's Rings?

If you're looking at the picture above and now checking your screen to see if you have a dead pixel, don't worry, you don't. That's just Venus hiding through Saturn's rings. Taken by the Cassini, Earth's twin planet looks like a blinding white speck of dust. » 3/04/13 8:00pm 3/04/13 8:00pm

Weirdly, Venus Is Both Hotter and Colder Than Earth

Earth's hotter, meaner twin is blowing hot and cold. This picture from Venus Express, the European Space Agency's planetary orbiter, shows Venus's south pole in transition between day and night. » 10/03/12 6:46am 10/03/12 6:46am

This Amazing Space Image Just Won the Internet

Not only this image wins the internet for the most amazing image of the Venus transit, but to me it's also one of the most impressive images in the history of astronomy and space exploration. The scale and the feeling left me in awe. » 6/06/12 4:26pm 6/06/12 4:26pm

Venus Has Crossed the Sun For the Last Time Until 2117

For those of us in the US and Europe, Venus has completed its transit across the sun. If you missed it, too bad: it won't happen again for another 105 years. » 6/06/12 6:57am 6/06/12 6:57am

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

This Video of Venus Crossing the Sun Seems Straight Out of Star Wars…

The transit of Venus is one of the rarest astronomical events in our solar system. It happens in pairs, every century. This awe-inspiring video shows the first of this century's pair, which happened in 2004. The next one is about to happen—on June 5, 2012. » 5/30/12 2:20pm 5/30/12 2:20pm

Pilot Almost Crashes After Mistaking the Planet Venus for an Airplane

We've all felt tired to the point of being loopy, but most of the time, we're not in the cockpit of a 767, confusing a planet for another plane and sending ours into a nosedive. » 4/16/12 9:20pm 4/16/12 9:20pm

Jupiter, Venus, and the Moon Will Ménage à Trois Tonight

Ohhh baby, space is about to get real sexy tonight. Starting around 9pm EST (for North America) the Moon and Venus will be just three degrees apart in the western sky, with Jupiter joining only ten degrees below. You can even watch it on a webcam. Check out the celestial bodies on them! » 3/25/12 6:30pm 3/25/12 6:30pm

UFO Hunters Find UFO, NASA Tells UFO Hunters to Stop Saying Words

Deja vu! Like on December 2011, UFO hunters claim they have found proof of a spaceship entering the solar system in NASA's own video footage. This time, the spaceship has a triangular shape, so it must be an Imperial Star Destroyer. » 1/20/12 9:20am 1/20/12 9:20am