Latest Venus transit News

  • 'Smart' Rovers Are the Future of Planetary Exploration
    'Smart' Rovers Are the Future of Planetary Exploration Sat, Feb 8, 2014

    Researchers supported by NASA's Astrobiology Science and Technology Instrument Development (ASTID) program are designing algorithms and instruments that could help future robotic missions make their own decisions about surface sites to explore on other planets. Robotic explorers are designed to be as tough as possible, and they can survive for a long time, even in some of the most extreme conditions the solar system has to offer. For instance, the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity landed on Mars in 2004 for what was scheduled to be a three-month mission. After spending more than six years in transit from Earth to the saturnian moon, Huygens' trip through Titan's dense atmosphere lasted only two and half hours. More »

  • Venus Moves into the Morning Sky: How to See It
    Venus Moves into the Morning Sky: How to See It Fri, Jan 10, 2014

    If you were looking up just after sunset this week, you may have caught a glimpse of Venus setting just after the sun, weather permitting. But try it again at the same time next week, and Venus will be gone. On Saturday (Jan. 11), Venus will pass between Earth and the sun, an event scientists call an "inferior conjunction." A conjunction occurs when two celestial objects reach the same longitude and appear to line up. The last time we had an inferior conjunction of Venus and the sun was on June 6, 2012. More »

  • Jupiter and Moon Meet Up in Night Sky Tonight
    Jupiter and Moon Meet Up in Night Sky Tonight Wed, Dec 18, 2013

    This cosmic companion is not a star, but the largest planet in our solar system: Jupiter. Jupiter currently blazes at negative 2.7 magnitude, meaning that it is three times brighter than Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. It looks quite different from Jupiter. In fact, Jupiter will be exactlyopposite to the sun in our sky.  More »

  • Alien Super-Earth Planets Plentiful in Exoplanet Search
    Alien Super-Earth Planets Plentiful in Exoplanet Search Fri, Dec 13, 2013

    Our solar system hosts a cornucopia of worlds, from the hellfire of Venus to the frozen plains of Mars to the mighty winds of Uranus. Outside our solar system, however, it's a different story. More »

  • My favourite speech: Micheál Martin
    My favourite speech: Micheál Martin Fri, Nov 22, 2013

    To coincide with the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death, Micheál Martin picks the former US president’s 1962 address to students at Rice University in Texas. More »

  • Astronomers find most Earth-like planets yet
    Astronomers find most Earth-like planets yet Thu, Apr 18, 2013

    Using a potent NASA space telescope to scan the skies for planets like ours where life might exist, astronomers said Thursday they have found the most Earth-like candidates yet. More »

  • World Watches As Venus Passes Across The Sun
    World Watches As Venus Passes Across The Sun Wed, Jun 6, 2012

    Skywatchers have gazed in awe as Venus passed in front of the Sun - an event that won't be seen again for another 105 years. More »

  • Venus Crosses Sun For Last Time Till 2117
    Venus Crosses Sun For Last Time Till 2117 Tue, Jun 5, 2012

    Stargazers are in for a rare astronomical treat as planet Venus crosses the Sun for the last time until 2117. More »