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Messenger Completes Mercury Mission
2012-03-21 12:30:58

In Roman mythology Mercury was the “Messenger of the Gods,” — as well as a god of trade, thieves and travel. It is thus fitting — apart from the trade and thieves aspect — that the MESSENGER program has been so carefully studying the inner most planet in our solar system. MErcury, Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) this week successfully completed a year-long mission to perform the first complete reconnaissance of the...

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2012-03-14 15:47:00

Skywatchers are in for a real treat this week as Jupiter, Venus and other objects in the solar system put on a spectacular nighttime show. Venus and Jupiter, which have been dancing toward each other in the night sky for weeks, were at their closest point on Monday and Tuesday evenings, appearing to be just three degrees apart shortly after Sunset in the western sky, astronomers said. The two planets are actually separated by inconceivable distances, but appeared to be almost rubbing...

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2012-03-13 11:06:27

If you have noticed an unusual conjunction of lights in the night sky lately, you are not seeing alien craft coming to whisk you away, you are seeing a conjunction of Venus and Jupiter and it makes for an amazing view in the heavens. The two planets are 450 million miles apart in space, but because they are aligned in the same direction from Earth they are appearing to be almost within touching distance of each other, reports The Telegraph. They will appear very bright and relatively...

Earth’s Magnetic Field Provides Vital Protection
2012-03-09 03:00:23

A chance alignment of planets during a passing gust of the solar wind has allowed scientists to compare the protective effects of Earth´s magnetic field with that of Mars´ naked atmosphere. The result is clear: Earth´s magnetic field is vital for keeping our atmosphere in place. The alignment took place on 6 January 2008. Using ESA´s Cluster and Mars Express missions to provide data from Earth and Mars, respectively, scientists compared the loss of oxygen from the two...

Image 1 - NASA Researchers Study Explosions On Venus
2012-03-06 09:16:43

[ Watch the Video ] Venus, often referred to as Earth´s sister planet due to its similar size, gravity, and composition, has been discovered by astronomers to also have a type of space weather event that is commonly found on Earth: a hot flow anomaly or HFA. HFAs are generally associated with the magnetosphere of a planet, such as Earth. But where Venus has no magnetosphere, the phenomenon surprised astronomers. The astronomers, reporting their findings from a recent study in...

Image 1 - Counting Down To The Transit Of Venus
2012-03-05 10:05:10

[ Watch the Video ] Three months before the last transit of Venus this century, scientists are gathering at the Observatoire de Paris to finalize their observation plans in a workshop supported by the Europlanet Research Infrastructure and the EGIDE/PHC Sakura Program. The transit of Venus on 5-6 June 2012 will give scientists two important opportunities for science: firstly, to use Venus as an example of a transiting exoplanet.  Astronomers will use the transit to test the...

Venus May Be Slowing Down
2012-02-11 04:02:58

[ Watch a Venus Animation ] ESA´s Venus Express spacecraft has discovered that our cloud-covered neighbor spins a little slower than previously measured. Peering through the dense atmosphere in the infrared, the orbiter found surface features were not quite where they should be. Using the VIRTIS instrument at infrared wavelengths to penetrate the thick cloud cover, scientists studied surface features and discovered that some were displaced by up to 20 km from where they should be...

NASA Says Life On Venus Claim Is False
2012-01-25 10:22:06

Just days after a Russian scientist claimed to have found life on Venus, NASA has debunked the new myth. Leonid Ksanfomaliti of the Space Research Institute at Russia´s Academy of Sciences examined photographs taken by the probe Venera 13 in 1982, and determined the images showed a scorpion-shaped body that moved as the probe´s cameras recorded the scene. However, NASA says that the moving body was actually a lens cap, not a scorpion. “It makes much more sense that...

Russian Scientist Claims He Has Found Life On Venus
2012-01-24 04:25:25

A Russian scientist claims that photos from a Soviet spacecraft have revealed that alien life exists on Venus. Leonid Ksanfomaliti of the Space Research Institute at Russia's Academy of Sciences examined photographs taken by the probe Venera 13 in 1982. He said the images showed a scorpion-shaped body that moved as the probe's cameras recorded the scene. Ksanfomaliti wrote in the Russian Solar Systems Research magazine that the "scorpions" all emerge and disappeared as the probe...


Latest Venus Reference Libraries

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2009-07-06 12:24:05

The Pioneer Program is a series of American unmanned space missions designed for planetary exploration. The program included a number of missions, but the most well-known missions were Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11. Both Pioneer 10 and 11 explored the outer planets and left our solar system. Both probes carry a gold plaque, depicting a man and a woman and information about the origin of the probes and their creators. The Pioneer probe was named by Stephen A. Saliga, who was chief designer of Air...

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2008-04-30 23:02:22

The Hard Clam (Mercenaria mercenaria), also known as the quahog, is a bivalve mollusk native to the eastern shores of North America, from Prince Edward Island to the Yucatan Peninsula. Older sources may give it the systematic name Venus mercenaria. It is one of many unrelated bivalves referred to as clams. Hard clams are quite common throughout New England, north into Canada, and all down the Eastern seaboard of the United States to Florida, but are particularly abundant between Cape Cod and...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Terraforming -- Terraforming (literally, "Earth-shaping") is the process of modifying a planet, moon or other body to a more habitable atmosphere, temperature or ecology. The term was first used in a science fiction novel, 'Seetee Shock' (1940?) by Jack Williamson, but the actual concept is older than that. An example in fiction is 'First and Last Men' by Olaf Stapledon in which Venus is modified, after a long and destructive war with the original inhabitants, who naturally object to the...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

The Planet Venus is the second planet from the sun. It is often called the evening star or morning star and is brighter than any object in the sky except the sun and the moon. Because its orbit lies between the sun and the orbit of the earth, Venus passes through phases like those of the moon, varying from a large bright crescent when the planet is near inferior conjunction (nearest the earth) to a smaller silvery disk when it is at superior conjunction (farthest from the earth). Since...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Earth -- in geology and astronomy, fifth largest planet of the solar system and the only planet definitely known to support life. Gravitational forces have molded the earth, like all celestial bodies, into a spherical shape. However, the earth is not an exact sphere, being slightly flattened at the poles and bulging at the equator. The equatorial diameter is c.7,926 mi (12,760 km) and the polar diameter 7,900 mi (12,720 km); the circumference at the equator is c.24,830 mi (40,000 km)....

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.